To be taken by all new grad students. Classes are Wednesdays before Grad Seminar. For  class dates, locations and times, see below.

This student-centered class will allow graduate students to mature into effective science communicators and help them to form a coherent peer group.

 

Class 1 (1hr, 3-4PM MSB 5231) – Sept 13

How to get the most out of grad school.

  • Alex P./Alex E. give an outline of the course.
  • Carrie Harber announces the dates for fellowships/awards deadlines, and tips on setting up thesis committees.
  • CMC  gives a 5 min talk about who and what they are.

PDF of Slides from Class 1

 

Class 2 (1hr, 3-4PM MSB 5231) – Sept 20

How to give a scientific presentation.

  • Alex Palazzo gives “How to give a talk” lecture.

Students are asked to write a 1 page summary of their future research for class 4. Two mock proposals are handed out to be discussed in class 3.

PDF of Slides from Class 2 – How to give a talk

 

Class 3 (1hr, 3-4PM MSB 5231) – Sept 27

How to write an effective scholarship application.

  • Students organize into groups of 4-5 and discuss the two mock proposals and fill out a form. The proposals are discussed.
  • Alex Ensminger gives a talk on effective writing.

 

Class 4 (1hr, 3-4PM MSB 5231) – Oct 4

Peer review of student proposals.

  • Students organize in groups of 2-3 and critique each others’ proposals.
  • One proposal is chosen and critiqued together as a group.
  • Assignments for Classes 5 and 6 are given.

 

Class 5 (2hrs – class is divided into 2 groups, 2-4PM, MSB 7231/ MaRS 1522) – Oct 11

5 Minute Oral Presentations I

  • Each student gives a 5 min talk with 4-5 power point slides on their first rotation.
  • This is followed by 4 min of questions.
  • 4 min critique by the instructors and students.

 

Class 6 (2hrs – class is divided into 2 groups, 2-4PM, MSB 7231/ MaRS 1522) – Oct 18

5 Minute Oral Presentations II

  • Each student gives a 5 min talk with 4-5 power point slides on their first rotation.
  • This is followed by 4 min of questions.
  • 4 min critique.

 

Class 7 (1hr, 3-4PM, MSB 5231) – Oct 25

Individual Development Plan

  • Nana Lee covers the basics of IDP.

Students are asked to complete an IDP for next class.

 

Class 8 (1hr, 3-4PM, MSB 5231) – Nov 1

Strategic Communications

 

Class 9 (1hr, 3-4PM, MSB 5231) – Nov 8

Conflict Resolution

 

Class 10 (1hr, 3-4PM, MSB 7231) – Nov 15

Pot luck

 

Grading scheme:

20% class participation

30% 1 page written assignment

10% review of mock and peer proposals

20% 5 min presentation

20% IDP

 


Key elements to be discussed/taught/highlighted:

1) oral communication

2) written communication

3) how to provide instructive criticism

4) how to work in a group environment

5) how to make the most of graduate education

 

Course Coordinators

Alexander F. Palazzo

Alexander F. Palazzo

MaRS, West Tower, Suite 1500
661 University Ave.

416-978-7234
alex.palazzo@utoronto.ca

Alexander W. Ensminger

Alexander W. Ensminger

MSB Room 4261
1 King's College Circle

416-978-6522
alex.ensminger@utoronto.ca

Nana Lee

Nana Lee

Room 5233
Medical Sciences Building
1 King's College Circle
416-978-6892
nana.lee@utoronto.ca