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CMB 8550

Seminar in Comparative and Molecular Biosciences

Credits: 1 credit

Grading: S/N only

Prerequisites: Enrollment in Graduate Program

Course Coordinator:
Dr. Mark Rutherford, Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Course Description:  This is a seminar course in which students will be exposed to the research activities of CMB students and faculty via the oral presentation of scientific data.  Students will attend seminars as well as prepare and present a 50 minute seminar themselves. It is expected to enhance the student’s public speaking skills and to provide experience in the preparation of visuals for scientific presentations.  Critique of research objectives and approaches will be gained from audience questions. 

Statement of Objectives: The purpose of the seminar program is 1) to allow students to summarize and report their rotation experiences; 2) to permit students to present research progress and plans; 3) to provide a public forum for dissemination of thesis proposals and submissions prior to oral examinations; 4) to provide a forum for Faculty who apply for membership in the program; and 5) to permit CMB Faculty to describe aspects of their research programs. 

Course Assignments: Attendance of at least 80% of seminars and/or a 50 minute research presentation.

Evaluation Procedures: Students will be evaluated based on the effectiveness and efficiency by which they have presented their scientific concepts and data as well as their ability to answer questions pertaining to their work or the research area in general.  Use of visual aids is evaluated, as is clarity and organization of the presentation. 

Text and Reference Materials: Selected readings as determined by the instructors. 

Supplementary Information: Students in the CMB Graduate Program are required to present one seminar/year.  In addition, students are required to attend a minimum of the presentations unless previously excused.  Students can accumulate up to 8 credits toward CMB degree requirements.  Exceptions will be granted for class conflicts by the DGS and/or the Course Coordinator.  

Scholastic Dishonesty and Plagiarism:
Students are responsible for knowing the University of Minnesota, Board of Regents' policy on student conduct and scholastic dishonesty:
Scholastic dishonesty as defined in the policy and will be reported to the Office of Student Judicial Affairs: and will result in a grade of "F" or "N" for the entire course.  Plagiarism is an important element of this policy.  It is defined as the presentation of another's writing or ideas as your own.  Serious, intentional plagiarism will result in a grade of "F" or "N" for the entire course.  For more information on this policy and for a helpful discussion of preventing plagiarism, please consult University policies and procedures regarding academic integrity: Students are urged to be careful that they properly attribute and cite others' work in their own writing.  For guidelines for correctly citing sources, go to and click on “Citing Sources”.  In addition, original work is expected in this course.  It is unacceptable to hand in assignments for this course for which you receive credit in another course unless by prior agreement with the instructor.  Building on a line of work begun in another course or leading to a thesis, dissertation, or final project is acceptable.  If you have any questions, consult the instructor.


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