Quarterly Meetings, Biotechnology Seminar Series, Yearly KU Retreat, and CU-KU Joint Biannual Symposium
The trainees are also required to attend and participate in the Quarterly Biotechnology Meetings, Biotechnology Seminar Series, Yearly KU Symposia, and the Biannual Joint University of Colorado-University of Kansas (CU-KU) Symposia. Communication between the present and past trainees, as well as the faculty mentors in the Biotechnology Predoctoral Training Program, are further ensured through quarterly Biotechnology meetings. The current trainees present their research progress in a quarterly Biotechnology meeting and the past trainees can share their experiences in the Training Program as well as in their industrial Internships. The Quarterly Biotechnology Meetings are also used as a forum to discuss issues on responsible conduct in research (RCR). To further expand the students’ perspective, the trainees also attend a Biotechnology Seminar series held throughout the academic year. The trainees are notified about biotechnology-related seminars at KU that they should attend (in addition to the seminars from their own departments). The training program will also organize and participate in a Yearly-KU Symposium to provide forum for current and past trainees to present their work as poster or oral presentations. The Yearly-KU Symposium for the training program is organized together with yearly retreats of the departments of Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Medicinal Chemistry with different special topic each year with invited outside speakers. Finally, the trainees are expected to organize and attend the Biannual Joint CU-KU Symposium with trainees and faculty mentors of the NIH Biotechnology training programs from both universities. These activities provide current and past trainees with forums to present their research and with opportunities to interact within and outside of the training program as well as fostering interdisciplinary and collaborative environments. In summary, these meetings and symposiums (a) enable the Co-PIs, the Steering Committee, and participating mentors to track the progress of each trainee, (b) improve interaction among student and faculty participants, (c) stimulate potential collaborations among the participants, (d) generate feedback from the previous trainees, and (e) increase student exposure to industrial scientists via the invited speaker programs.