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SURF Schedule 2014 TBA

SURF Schedule 2013

May 28th
9am-12:30pm
Safety Training 501 Schermerhorn
May 28th
12:30pm-1:30pm
Lunch 800 Fairchild
May 31st
9:30-10:30am
Animal Training Lecture 800 Fairchild
May 31st
5pm
Proposals due
 
June 5th
11am-12pm

Lecture: Dr. Jennifer Punt
"Quiet down!" Advice for a young stem cell from the orphan nuclear receptor, Nur77
CUMC/Haveford College

310 Fayerweather
June 7th
5pm
Deadline for proposal approval  
August 30th
4pm
SURF Articles Due
Surf@biology.columbia.edu

Weekly Meetings

All students in the SURF Program will meet weekly in small discussion groups for the scientific comunications seminar, beginning June 17th until August 2nd. 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 12 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 on 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

Payment:

SURF Stipend = $4000, paid in two installments of $2,000 each.
Payment of the first $2,000, will be paid in July. Payment of the second $2,000 is contingent upon submitting your research article as a pdf file by the deadline (the last working day in August). Stipend will be paid in September/beginning of October.

In addition to submitting a pdf file, all articles must be signed by the Principal Investigator (Faculty Member). An electronic signature will be accepted. Please print your PI's name next to where they should sign.

Pdf files should be emailed to surf@biology.columbia.edu. If you have any questions beyond confirmation of receipt of the article, please contact Chanda Springer at cs2660@biology.columbia.edu.

Stipend checks can be picked up at the Bursar's Office in Kent Hall. You will need to bring your ID (State ID, passport) in order to pick up your check.