Schedule - BC/CU Senior Seminar - Spring 2014

Seminar Requirements

  1. Students can take the senior seminar in the spring/fall or fall/spring sequence. We somtimes meet with the entire class, sometimes in separate sections with the two groups. We do not meet every week, please do not miss any sessions! Class meetings are highlighted in bold face.
  2. Attendance of seminar session and participation in group discussions
  3. One oral presentations about your research (13 minutes, incl. discussion)
  4. One poster (2nd semester students only), attendance of poster session
  5. Discussion of a thesis & scientific paper of student's choice with seminar advisor
  6. Delivery of documents due, often in paper and electronic form on time, as detailed below. See grading policy for details.

Date spring/fall seq. (1st sem) fall/spring seq. (2nd sem) 
1
Jan. 23, 4:10-6:00
403 & 530 Altschul
Introduction, signup (MS)
Goals of Senior Seminarscientific writing, (MS)
What makes a good thesis project (MP),
Advisor/mentor/student relationship (MP)
What goes into an abstract? (EB), Senior thesis versus scientific journal article (EB)

2
Jan.30, no class
Individual meetings with advisors and mentors to discuss thesis topic
Individual meetings with advisors and mentors discussion of thesis proposal
3
Feb. 6, 4:10-6:00
403 & 530 Altschul


Methods of library research, ISI Web of Knowledge (MS), Elements of a thesis proposal, Outline (MN);
How to write an introduction I (MN) Individual meetings with advisors and mentors to discuss thesis topic
Data Analysis and Statistics(MP)
Elements of results (EB)
Individual meetings  with advisors and mentors  discussion of thesis proposal
4
Feb. 13, 4:10-6:00
530 Altschul
Concept maps (NB) How to write an introduction II (MN)
Individual meetings with advisors and mentors to discuss thesis topic
Individual meetings with advisors and mentors discussion of thesis proposal
5
Feb. 20, 4:10-6:00
530 Altschul
Individual meetings with advisors and mentors to discuss thesis topic
How to write a discussion (DR)
Individual meetings with advisors and mentors discussion of thesis proposal
6
Feb. 27, 4:10-6:00
530 Altschul
Careers, Funding opportunities for senior thesis work (e.g. travel) Peer review process (MS)
Due: Outline of thesis proposal (1 copy) Due: 1st draft of thesis (1 copy)
7 Mar. 6, 4:10-6:00
403 & 530 Altschul
Figures & captions (EB,MP), IRB  (JS)
Individual meetings  with advisors and mentors  discussion of thesis proposal outline
How to make a poster (MS)One minute slides, (NB)
8
Mar. 13, 4:10-6:00
530 Altschul
PPT & other tech. issues, MAC/PC (MS/MP)
How to give a scientific talk (NB) Logistics and remote (MS)
Experimental Design and research procedures (MP)
Individual meetings  with advisors and mentors
Individual meetings  with advisors and mentors  discussion of thesis draft
9
Mar. 20, no class
SPRING BREAK!
10
Mar. 27,  4:10-6:00
530, 805 & 403 Altschul
Mini-conference 1, 10min presentations plus 3min discussion (see student list for time assignment)

11 Apr. 3, 4:10-6:00
530, 805 & 403 Altschul

Mini-conference 2, 10min presentations plus 3min discussion (see student list for time assignment)
Individual meetings  with seminar faculty and mentors, discuss poster, final thesis/proposal, look at examples of thesis proposals and theses
Due: thesis proposal draft, 2 copies, begin of peer review process Due: 2nd draft of thesis, 3 copies, begin of peer review process
12
Apr. 10, 4:10-6:00
530, 805 & 403 Altschul
Mini-conference 3, 10min presentations plus 3min discussion (see student list for time assignment)
Individual meetings  with seminar faculty and mentors, discuss poster, final thesis/proposal
13
Apr. 17, 4:10-6:00 Individual meetings  with seminar faculty and mentors, discuss final thesis/proposal
You are welcome to attend the 2nd semester session today about posters
Due: copy of review sheet for your peer, wooden SenSem drawer next to 401 Altschul
Present one minute summary slides in class/discussion of poster drafts
Due:
poster drafts, discussion in class, copy of review sheet for your peer, sign up for poster printing time slot

by Wed Apr 23, 5pm

Due: deposit  one-page summary ppt slide on courseworks
14
Apr. 24, 4pm-7pm
Diana Oval
Poster session

15
May 1,  4:10-6:00
530 Altschul
Careers: How to get ahead in Professional organizational environments (S. Cohen)

16
Mo May 5, 12 noon, 404 Altschul; no class Due: Final thesis (proposal) (paper and electronic copy on courseworks)  - course evaluations



Draft due means you should hand in: Peer review
Final thesis/proposal due means you should hand in: Presentations about your thesis/proposal Individual meetings with advisors (seminar faculty), mentors, peers Present one minute summary slides in class/discussion of poster drafts
Poster session
Where to find theses, proposals, ppt talks and posters from previous years
How to get ahead in prefessional orgnizational environments (by Steve Cohen & Jackie Marineese, SIPA)