Participants in the BIO Research Seminar include faculty, post-doctoral associates, graduate assistants and undergraduate interns whose research falls under the broad category of bioengineering, especially in biomaterials and/or biomechanics. The Seminar includes original research presentations by participants on a rotating basis.
Single speakers are expected to present his/her recent research for 20-30 minutes, allowing ample time for discussion and questions. First year students and undergraduates are scheduled with two or more speakers per meeting, and these presentations should not last longer than 10-15 minutes each. Students should always provide ample background or literature review for their projects, especially first and second year students. All students should consult with their advisor(s) prior to presenting.
To foster a dynamic, positively-reinforced atmosphere of research activity amongst participating graduate students by:
- enveloping experience preparing and presenting conference-quality presentations in a reoccurring time-frame.
- taking a "step back" from day to day tasks to reflect on the "big-picture" of the project and take inventory of progress.
- receiving feedback from a wider range of peers and advisors.
- participating in scholarly discussions.
- developing critical thinking skills.
- stimulating further intellectual discussion, questions and fortuitous ideas outside the meeting.
- providing a community of sorts for those engaged in related research projects.