Life Science Progress VA

updated date : 21, September 2017

Course title:

Life Science Progress VA


Credit:

2 Credits


Course description:

NIG Colloquium, Closed progress committee meeting

At the NIG colloquium held every Friday afternoon, students give an open oral seminar about their research and exchange questions and answers with the audience. After that, the students have a closed meeting with their four progress committee members and discuss the progress of their research and future plans in more detail. This course also functions as a pre-examination for the doctoral degree. Therefore, the students and committee members should discuss contents of the upcoming doctoral dissertation and confirm that the research goals satisfy the degree criteria.


Course contents:

1. Abstract submission for the NIG colloquium
An abstract should be submitted upon request from the NIG seminar committee.
2. NIG colloquium
Students present their research at the NIG colloquium. They explain their results and future perspectives to a broad audience at NIG in either English or Japanese for about 30 minutes. They then take questions and comments and respond to them appropriately.
3. Closed progress committee meeting
After the colloquium, students have a closed meeting with their four progress committee members. The committee members make questions and suggestions about the research contents and future plans. Specifically, they discuss potential improvements and additional data that are required to ensure quality befitting a doctoral degree and form a basic consensus about the research goal.

The NIG colloquium and the progress committee meeting are typically held in June-July for students enrolled in April and in December-January for those enrolled in October. The specific date and time are determined by discussion between the student and the progress committee members.


Expected learning outcome and objectives:

This course also functions as a pre-examination of the doctoral degree. The progress committee evaluates the research achievements so far and makes appropriate suggestions regarding the following specific points to the students.
1. Whether the project goes in the right direction toward completion of the doctoral degree.
2. What improvements or additional data are required to satisfy the doctoral degree criteria.
Also please refer to the criteria for the doctoral degree at the Department of Genetics.
https://www.nig.ac.jp/nig/phd-program/courses-top/degree-criteria
Having a clear goal to complete their doctoral studies, students can be more efficiently concentrated on specific issues in their research projects.


Grading policy and criteria:

Based on performances in the presentation and the research project, students will be evaluated with one of four grades (A, B, C, D). When the committee finds it necessary, detailed suggestions and feedback will be provided to students, their supervisors, and the General Affairs/Education Team in the form of a written report.


Schedule:

The NIG colloquium and the progress committee meeting are typically held in June-July for students enrolled in April and in December-January for those enrolled in October. The specific date and time are determined by discussion between the student and the progress committee members.


Related course, pre-requisites:

All D5 students must take this course. Before taking this course, students must have completed Progress IVA and IVB.

The same four members (including the chair) as the progress IV committee are usually assigned as the progress V committee. If there is any vacancy or inconvenience, students should submit the names of any new members by the end of the first month of the registered semester.


Responsible Faculty:

Progress committee chair


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