Life Science Progress IIIA

updated date : 21, September 2017

Course title:

Life Science Progress IIIA


2 Credits

Course description:

one-to-one interview

The one-to-one interview of a student with the progress committee chair is held 3-4 months after admission. Students prepare presentation materials, and explain their research projects and future plans to their chairs. The students who are newly enrolled in the 3-year course may focus on explaining their choice of research projects and their future plans. By answering questions given by the chairs and receiving their advice, students refine and define their research projects. After the interview, the students will receive a written report from the progress committee chair with suggestions and feedback regarding their performance.

Expected learning outcome and objectives:

The progress committee chair examines the following points and provides advice and support as required.
1. knowledge about the contents, background and significance of the student’s own research
2. participation of the student in appropriate course, lab and other research activities to help to ensure adequate growth of the student as an independent researcher
3. progress of the student’s research project
With face-to-face interactions with the committee chair, students can advance their research and enhance their personal growth as an independent researcher.

Grading policy and criteria:

Grades (A, B, C, D) will be based on performance in the interview and engagement in the research project. Detailed specific feedback and suggestions from the committee chair will be provided as a written report, and will also be sent to the supervisor and General Affairs/Education team.


The interview is held in June or July for students enrolled in April and in December or January for those enrolled in October. The specific date and time of the interview are determined by discussion between the student and his/her progress committee chair.

Related course, pre-requisites:

All D3 students must take this course. Before taking this course, the students of the 5-year course must have completed Life Science Progress IIB.

Students must elect one progress committee chair and inform the General Affairs/Education team by the end of the first month of the registered semester. The chair must be selected from among professors and associate professors outside the student’s host lab.
See Selection of progress committee members

Responsible Faculty:

Progress committee chair

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