2008 MBTG Retreat Schedule 1) Overview of the MBTG Program and its benefits to you. 2) Take pictures of trainees by class and of new trainers (~11:30). 3) Lunch in the Lakeside Room. (~11:45). 4) Luncheon talk by a senior trainee. (~12:15). 5) Poster viewing in Lakeside room. 6) Wrap up by 2:00 p.m.
NIH T32 GM07215-33
“ To develop or enhance research training opportunities for individuals training for a career in specified areas of basic biomedical research.”
Our area: cellular, biochemical and molecular sciences
About 500 trainees since inception in 1975
34 funded positions
Current trainees by Ph.D. program:
The MBTG is a professional development program. You have the primary responsibility for the success of your graduate career. The MBTG program is here to help.
Establish a knowledge base
Acquire a scientific “toolbox”
Strengthen communication skills
Become part of the scientific community
Build a reputation/record of accomplishment
Identify a career
Professional goals for pre-docs
Establish a knowledge base Goal : Master the fundamentals of biochemistry and cell/molecular biology MBTG input : • Course breadth requirements • Student seminar series • Invited speakers
Acquire a scientific “toolbox” Goal : Develop technical/experimental skills in your areas of interest MBTG input : • “ At the Bench” book • Extended research rotations • Supplies funds • Travel funds
Strengthen communication skills Goal : Learn to convey ideas in a clear, captivating, and persuasive manner MBTG input : • “ The Presentations Kit” • Student seminar series • Retreat presentations • Steering Committee membership
Become part of the scientific community Goal : Make outside contacts and establish yourself in the profession MBTG input : • Travel funds • Society membership funds • Graduate recruiting at national meetings
Build a reputation/record of accomplishment Goal : Making a positive impression on the people who will be your advocates MBTG input : • Ethics training • Advising • Meetings with visiting speakers
Identify a career Goal : Try to figure out where you want to be in 10-20 years, and how to get there MBTG input : • Seminars from past trainees • Advising • “ Careers day” Pamela J. Hines Senior Editor, Science MBTG trainee 1975
Ph.D. timeline for a typical MBTG trainee
Kim Voss 413 Bock Labs
Big buddy Little buddies Tara Stuecker (MDTP) Valerie Davis, Lori Neal Aimee Marceau (MDTP) Gina Hedberg, Meghan Ramsey Amanda Foltz (MDTP) Alissa Hanshew Kelly Hoadley (IPiB) Basudeb Bhattacharyya, Elise Wagner Dana Huebert (CMB) Leila Rieder, Bryan Sibert (can't attend retreat) Michael Botts (BMC/IPiB) Jared Winkelman, Paul Wrighton Amy Banta (MDTP) Jennifer Lambrecht Lindsey Hoover (CMB) Christina Dang, Benjamin Wolter MBTG Buddy List
Steering Committee Training Program Current Trainers Current Trainees Applying to be a Trainer 914 Seminar Schedule Fall 2002 Links Why UW Madison www.molbio.wisc.edu/mbtg/index.html
Overlap in trainer pools of the MBTG and member Ph.D. programs MBTG MBTG MBTG CMB Microbiology IPiB Michael Botts
Questions for prospective thesis advisors:
1) What thesis projects would be available to me?
2) Would these projects expose me to a variety of different experimental approaches?
3) In general, how available will you be (e.g., on a daily or a weekly basis) to answer questions I might have?
4) What amount of guidance do you provide to a student during preparation of the thesis proposal, literature seminars, thesis, etc.?
5) What are your expectations for the amount of time I should spend each day/week in the lab?
6) What regularly scheduled activities does your lab participate in that provide an opportunity to get outside input on my research project and to hear about the work of other students and postdocs?
7) Do you encourage your students to attend seminars and journal clubs?
8) Do students in your lab have the opportunity to attend scientific meetings where they can interact with researchers from other institutions?
9) Do you include your graduate students in professional activities, such as reviewing manuscripts and meeting with visiting speakers?
10) Do you encourage your students that are interested in teaching to obtain practical experience by being a T.A.?
11) How long do you think it should take me to get my Ph.D.?
12) What are your former graduate students doing now?
13) What goals do you have for your graduate students?
Trainees must take one course from each of the three areas listed below, plus a fourth course from any one of the three areas or quantitative biology. “Pre-approved” courses are listed below, but other courses can be substituted, with approval (Rick Gourse). Cell biology Cellular and Molecular Biology/Pathology (Pathology 750) Carcinogenesis and Tumor Cell Biology (Oncology 703) Plant Cell Biology (Botany 860) Macromolecular biochemistry Biophysical Chemistry (Chemistry/Biochemistry 665) Protein and Enzyme Structure and Function (Biochemistry 601) Chemical Biology (Biochemistry 604) Mechanisms of Enzyme Action (Biochemistry 624) Coenzymes and Cofactors in Enzymology (Biochemistry 625) Microbiology at Atomic Resolution (Microbiology 668) Molecular biology Eukaryotic Molecular Biology (Biochemistry/Pharmacology 620) Topics in Eukaryotic Regulation (Biochemistry/Genetics 703) Prokaryotic Molecular Biology (Microbiology/Biochemistry/Genetics 612) General Virology - Multiplication of Viruses (Oncology 640) Advanced Microbial Genetics (Microbiology/Genetics 607) MBTG course breadth requirements
Course #914, crosslisted in Bacteriology, Biochemistry, Biomolecular Chemistry, and Medical Microbiology & Immunology Meets weekly Fall and Spring semesters, Friday @ 3:30 pm in 2511 Microbial Sci. Mandatory for 1st - 3rd year grads.; senior trainees encouraged to attend and may volunteer to give extra talks Graded S/U based on attendance (speakers can get letter grade on request) Snacks provided! Peer review of presentations via evaluation form and speakers will meet briefly with the faculty member running the course directly after the talk. Fall semester: 2 nd -year trainees give a literature seminar. Spring semester: 3 rd -year trainees give a research seminar. Occasional guest speakers/past trainees 2008-2009 MBTG Student Seminar Series
2nd-year trainees present seminars in the fall MBTG series
3rd-year trainees present seminars in the spring MBTG series
MBTG grants to trainees
Travel funds : up to $1000 over 3 year appointment. For meetings, courses, collaborations. Email Kim.
Supplies funds : up to $1000 over 3 year appointment. For services or consumables specific to your research. Email Jim.
Society memberships : up to $100 each year of 3 year appointment. Email Kim.
Annual progress report and MBTG advising Second-year students : 1) Thesis committee composition 2) Grades for UW course work 3) 1/2 page research description 4) Letter from thesis advisor Third-year+ students : 1) Trainee progress report form 2) Thesis committee report form 3) Meet with MBTG advisor (4th year+) DUE OCTOBER 1!