SURF Schedule 2022

April 29th Student submits email from mentor with 5 references
May 31st 9am SURF Orientation - Rodent Training Lecture (For those working with rodents) @ Math 203
  10am-12pm SURF Orientation - Safety Training @ Math 203
  5:30pm Picnic at Pupin Plaza
June 1st 9:30-11am Martin Chalfie @ 601 Fairchild
GFP: Lighting Up Life
June 3rd 5pm Proposals submitted to Section Head
Week 3   Individual Meetings with Section Heads
Week 4-7   Weekly Science Communications Seminar
Week 8   Oral Presentations
Week 9   Oral Presentations
Week 10   Oral presentations & Submit Article Draft
August 19th 5pm Submit revised article to PI, section head, direct mentor & [email protected]
August 31st 5pm Submit final signed PDF article to [email protected]

*Events will be added as the summer progresses.

Weekly Meetings:

All students in the SURF Program will meet weekly in small discussion groups for the scientific comunications seminar, beginning June 20th until August 5th. The purpose of these groups is to provide a structured setting in which students can discuss their work with their peers, learn about others' work, and develop their scientific communication and evaluation skills.

During the course of the summer, each student will prepare a research paper written in the format of a journal article and present a 15 minute talk about his or her research. Toward the beginning of the summer, weekly discussion groups will cover topics including critical evaluation of data, critical reading of research papers, and the protocols of professional research communication. As the summer progresses, the focus will shift toward writing and peer-evaluating drafts of student research papers, and research presentations.

Attendance in discussion groups is mandatory. This is an integral part of your training, and you are expected to attend every week. If you must miss a session you may make it up by attending the other session in the same week. However, you may not substitute a session from another week. If for some reason you cannot attend either section in a given week, notify your instructor in advance and schedule a one-on-one meeting with the instructor instead.

In-class participation is expected. Anticipate the deadlines for your work; discuss them with your mentor and set up pre-deadlines when you can review the work with your mentor, allowing time for her or him to give you feedback.

If you have a legitimate reason to move a deadline, and you communicate this reason to your mentor and instructor in a timely manner, then deadlines can be adjusted.

Recommended text (not required):

Victoria E. McMillan, Writing Papers in the Biological Sciences, 3rd ed.1997

SURF Stipend = $5000, paid in two installments.
Payment of the first stipend, $2,500, will be paid in June. Payment of the second stipend, $2,500 is contingent upon submitting your research article as a pdf file by the deadline. This year the paper is due August 31st. Stipend will be paid in September.

In addition to submitting a pdf file, all articles must be signed by the Principal Investigator (Faculty Member). An electronic signature will be accepted.

Pdf files should be emailed to [email protected]. If you have any questions beyond confirmation of receipt of the article, please contact Chanda Springer at [email protected]

Stipend checks will be direct deposit or mailed to the address payroll has on file. Make sure your information is updated in SSOL. If you opt for direct deposit, sign up as soon as possible!

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