Useful Information for Prospective Students

I’ve borrowed heavily from the well-thought out student expectation of Adam Ward and Melissa Wilson-Sayres

Graduate Students

My responsibilities to my graduate students:

  • Assist with identifying and writing for graduate student fellowships
  • Work collaboratively to develop and execute a research project
  • Discuss future career goals (e.g., do you want to teach, go into academia, continue in research?), and plan ways to facilitate these goals
  • Support travel to at least one scientific conference per year, if you have research results to present
  • Meet weekly to discuss progress and plans
  • Develop a list of short-, intermediate-, and long-term goals
  • Help you maintain work-life balance during a difficult time in life (graduate school!)
  • Facilitate a positive, critical environment in group meetings where your research is shared

Expectations of my graduate students:

  • Participate in weekly lab meetings
  • Prepare for our regular progress/pitfalls meetings and a follow up email of progress and goals
  • Maintain a set of lab notes, including directories of data, annotated codes & versions, detailed methods. These need to sufficient to reproduce results without additional instructions.
  • Write and submit a pre-doctoral fellowship proposal
  • Proof-read manuscripts from other lab members
  • Regularly attend departmental seminars
  • Present a poster or talk of research progress at conference at least once a year.
  • Participate in general lab responsibilities (servers, maintain common areas, taking turns hosting visitors)
  • Be available in the lab/office for a minimum pre-arranged set of hours to facilitate interactions
  • Optional, but preferred: Mentor at least one undergraduate student

Undergraduate Students

My responsibilities to my undergraduate students:

  • Preparing a structured project
  • Analyzing and interpreting results
  • Proof-read and contribute substantially to writing results
  • Discuss future career goals (e.g., do you want to teach, go into academia, continue in research?), and plan ways to facilitate these goals
  • Meet weekly to discuss progress and pitfalls

Expectations of my undergraduate students:

  • Participate in weekly lab meetings
  • Prepare for our regular progress/pitfalls meetings and a follow up email of progress and goals
  • Maintain a set of lab notes, including directories of data, annotated codes & versions, detailed methods. These need to sufficient to reproduce results without additional instructions.
  • Present a short talk or poster of research results to the lab once a year.
  • Be available in the lab/office for a minimum pre-arranged set of hours to facilitate interactions