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Seminar Requirement

In addition to your work on a specific comps question, successful completion of comps requires attendance of 10 approved research seminars.  Typically the majority of these are fulfilled by the Monday afternoon seminars by visiting speakers hosted by the Biology Department.  These talks serve to expose you to the researchers from a variety of disciplines within Biology, and to give you an opportunity to meet and talk with biologists from outside the Department.  Upcoming seminars can be found on the Department Events Calendar or check the Full Seminar Schedule.

In addition to the Monday afternoon seminars, there are occasionally other talks that count toward the required 10 seminars.  For example, the overview of literature databases run by librarian Charlie Priore early in the term will count toward the requirement.  Talks by candidates for faculty teaching positions also fulfill the requirement.  Some seminars offered by other departments will count toward the Biology Department seminar requirement, but these must be approved beforehand by the comps coordinator. 

To get credit for attending a seminar, you must sign the attendance sheets that circulate during each seminar.  It is the responsibility of individual students to keep track of the number of seminars attended. 

The seminar requirement must be met by the end of the fifth week of spring term.