Courses

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PBIO 8020 - Essential Skills for Graduate Students

This 2-credit hour course is a required course for incoming graduate students in the Department of Plant Biology.  The course introduces graduate students to the research conducted by the Faculty and Adjunct Faculty of the Department and teaches a number of skills that are essential for a successful career in scientic research.  Non Plant Biology students can take the ‘skills' part of the course as a 1-credit hour class.  

Check out the Fall 2015 syllabus


PBIO 8840 - Grant Writing

An ability to obtain competititve funding is a key skill for an academic researcher.  This course is geared towards increasing your understanding of the research grant proposal writing, submission and review process, and culminates in the production of proposal by the end of the seminar. Second year graduate students will prepare a dissertation proposal according to the guidelines for a NSF Dissertation Improvement Grant.  Third year students will write an actual dissertation improvement grant. PBIO 8840 is taught in Spring semesters of uneven years. The next course will take place in Spring 2017.  

Check out the Spring 2015 syllabus


PBGG 8871 - Genome Analysis and Comparative Genomics

This 1-credit hour course introduces graduate students to the methodologies used in genetic mapping, genome analyses and comparative genomics. The material is presented as formal lectures and is enhanced by hands-on genetic mapping excercises. You will learn how to construct a genetic map, conduct comparative analysis at the map and DNA sequence level, and become conversant with the cuttingedge technologies that exist in genome analysis.  Key papers related to genetic mapping will be discussed in an accompanying 1-credit hour Graduate Seminar class (PBIO 8820). Both PBGG 8871 and PBIO 8820 are taught in Spring semesters of even years. The next course will take place in Spring 2018

Check out the Spring 2016 syllabus


PBIO 8820 - Graduate Seminar

In this 1-credit hour graduate seminar class, key papers related to genetic mapping and genome analyses are discussed.  Students read the papers, and present the papers to the class.  Discussions are also student-led. This course is taught in Spring of even years. The next course will take place in Spring 2018.  

Check out the list of papers that were discussed in Spring 2014