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GRSC 8550 - Responsible Conduct of Research

This 1-credit hour course is a required course for incoming graduate students in the Integrated Plant Sciences Program.  Students from other graduate programs in Life Sciences needing to fulfil an ethics requirement are also welcome to attend.  The course is designed to guide students through the ethical issues associated with research to ensure compliance with ethics rules throughout their career. Using videos and case studies, we will discuss the importance and best approaches to manage your data, your rights with regards to this data when you leave UGA, what constitutes research misconduct and how to report it, and criteria for publishing and authorship. The course is taught every Fall (first half of the Fall semester).

Check out the Fall 2020 syllabus

GRSC 8510 - Professional Development for Integrated Plant Sciences

This 1-credit hour course is a required course for incoming graduate students in the Integrated Plant Sciences Graduate Program.  We will examine the motivation of students to enroll in a Graduate Program, their expectations and the expectations of their faculty mentors and career prospectives for PhD graduates.  The course will discuss and, to the extent possible within the time frame of the course, practice skills that are essential to be a successful graduate students, including abstract writing, poster preparation and presentation, science communication to the public and outreach.  The course is taught every Fall (second half of the Fall semester).

Check out the Fall 2020 syllabus

PBIO 8200 - Grant Writing

The ability to write fundable grant proposals is an essential skill for scientists in academia.  This course guides students through the fundamentals of research grant proposal writing, and provides insight into the submission and review process.  The course is aimed at 2nd year graduate students conducting research on plants and microbes.  Students are expected to develop a proposal on their dissertation research that is compliant to specified guidelines. Proposals will be critically evaluated during different stages of the proposal writing process, and the final submissions will be reviewed by fellow students, post-doctoral researchers with relevant expertise to the proposal topics and the course instructors.  The final product should be a high quality dissertation proposal.  During the course, the students will gain writing skills, logical and critical thinking skills, and an appreciation for the need to be precise and concise when preparing grant proposals.   The course is taught every Spring semester.  

Check out the Spring 2019 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 2020

Check out the Spring 2018 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 offered in Spring of even years. The next course will take place in Spring 2020.  

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