MIC Faculty

Journal/Data Clubs

Journal Club Philosophy

Journal club is a forum for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to present interesting and stimulating papers in the field of bacterial pathogenesis. In addition to providing an opportunity to learn of the latest developments in this field, the journal club also provides students and postdocs another mechanism for developing their critical thinking and public speaking skills.

Data Club Philosophy & Format

Data club is a forum for the informal presentation of research progress and results by graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. The intent is to promote an exchange of information and ideas and to learn from one another while providing an opportunity for everyone to improve their communications (public speaking) skills. In order to achieve this end, participants in Data Club are not only expected to give presentations, they are also expected to attend the weekly meetings, to ask questions and to offer suggestions. In this way, we will all derive maximum benefit from the sessions.

The following guidelines are offered to assist you in organizing your presentation:

    1. A brief (5 min.) introduction should precede the presentation of new data. This introduction should, in general, include:
      1. An explanation of your research project
        (Why are you doing it? Why is it important?)
      2. The overall goals and questions being addressed
      3. A summary of previous results
      4. The new data being presented in this session
    2. New students who are presenting their project for the first time may not have much data to present. They should therefore present a thorough overview of their research project, i.e. background, questions being asked/hypotheses being tested, methods, progress to date, and future plans.
    3. New postdocs can present an overview of their thesis project and an outline of their postdoc project.
    4. This is not a formal seminar. Please limit your presentation to no longer than 45 minutes so as to allow ample time for questions and discussion during and after the presentation. Keep in mind that technically we have the room for only 50 minutes, not a full hour. Pay attention to the length of your presentation!
    5. If you are doing a Power Point presentation, be sure you set up the computer ahead of time to start on schedule. You may also choose to do a "chalk talk".
    6. Do not be reluctant to present experiments that did not "work" or results that "don't make sense". Discussion of your results in Data Club may lead to resolution of your problems or generate new ideas.
    7. Graduate students will often find it useful to schedule a meeting of their thesis advisory committee along with their Data Club presentation.
    8. If you wish to switch presentation dates with someone, arrange the switch with that person and notify Pat Grant (patricia.grant@usuhs.edu) so that she can make the change on the Google Data Club calendar.

Thank you for your participation. Let's have a great Data Club series.