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Instructions for Graduate Students

The Philosophicals:
As part of your degree, you are asked to give seminars on your research (this is the second part of Bio 9100y/9150y: Communications). Giving seminars is a good thing. The idea here is to get feedback from a wide range of people to help you along in your research, and to get you feeling comfortable with public speaking. The environment is friendly, thus this is the perfect place to practice that very important Proposal Assessment talk, or the talk you plan to give at an upcoming conference.

A brief outline of what is expected: 
MSc students give one 10-minute talk in the first year of their degree, and a 20-minute talk in their second year. PhD students give one 20-minute talk during the second year of their degree and then a 30-minute talk near the end of their degree. A ‘before’ and ‘after’, if you will.

When it is your turn to present: 
Please send thain@uwo.ca an e-mail by 5 pm of the Friday prior to your talk. Your email should include:

1. Your name
2. Your supervisor's name
3. Degree being sought
4. The title of your talk
5. A single-spaced abstract of up to 150 words. 
6. One digital photo as a jpg file, for posting on the website.

Here is an example of a title and abstract for your seminar:

The identification of genes differentially expressed in sterile and reproductive honey bee workers (Apis mellifera)

A fundamental issue of sociobiology is to understand how social insect females regulate their individual reproduction to maximize inclusive fitness. In general, honey bee (Apis mellifera) workers remain sterile throughout their short lives, while they function as helpers to the queen, who is the sole egg-layer of the colony. The environmental cues controlling this behaviour are understood, but the underlying gene regulatory networks are not. In this study, we have manipulated the pheromonal cues that regulate reproduction and have analyzed the gene expression differences between sterile and reproductive workers using oligonucleotide microarrays. Preliminary analysis shows two distinct sets of co-regulated genes: one set associated with sterility, and a second set associated with egg-laying. I interpret these gene expression patterns in the context of social theory.

What to do before your talk:

Talks will be done by Zoom. If you are worried about your internet stability, please book a TA room in advance. Please consult with the coordinator (thain@uwo.ca) one week in advance to discuss some presentation tips.

Presenters are responsible for finding a co-host, which can be their lab mate or another grad student. The co-host will introduce the speaker over Zoom while the coordinator manages access to the Zoom session.