The biophysics seminar is jointly operated by the Department of Physics and the Biophysics Graduate Program. The biophysics seminar comprises presentations by outside speakers, internal speakers, and students. The course number for winter 2009 is Physics 801 (Zhong) with call number 17272-7.
The seminar schedule can be found here.
During winter and spring quarter students split up into small groups for student presentations. An overview over the current groups is available here.
Each group has a group coordinator and a group leader (which may be the same person) who are running the groups together with a faculty mentor. If you are a group coordinator or leader please check out the instructions for group coordinators and leaders.
Every student attending the Biophysics seminar is required to sign up for a group. The web site automatically generates the sign-up sheets from the registered group members. Thus, no attendance will be recorded for students not properly signed up to a group. In order to sign up for a group log in on the group selection web site with your last name and your PIN. If you have never logged in, your PIN are the last four digits of your phone number as reported by the registrar's office. If you do not have a phone number on file with the registrar's office, see me to obtain your initial PIN. Select the correct quarter and go to "group membership". Next to the descriptions of the groups you will find buttons to sign up for a group. If you already are the group leader or group coordinator of a group you will not be able to choose a different group. First find a new leader or coordinator before you change the group.
If you are not a registered student of the Biophysics seminar you are still welcome to attend the group sessions. If you plan on attending a group regularly please send me an email with your last name and your initial 4 digit PIN. I will enter you into the system and ask you to sign up for a group on the web site so that I know how many people are attending which group.
Attendance at the Biophysics seminar is required for all students of the Biophysics Graduate Program during fall, winter, and spring quarter. Students that have not yet passed their candidacy exam are required to register for the course. Students past their candidacy exam should not register for the course, but are still required to attend the seminar at the same lavel as required for a passing grade in the course. If you have a valid reason to have the seminar requirement waived (such as a class conflicting with the normal seminar time 2:30-3:30 - classes conflicting with your favorite student group meeting time do not count and you should find a different group in this case) contact me with this request. Make sure to drop the course once you have been waived the requirement.
The course is graded on attendance. If no more than two sessions in a quarter have been missed without an excuse the grade is satisfactory. The grade is unsatisfactory otherwise. Make sure you sign the sign-in sheet during every session since this is the only way we can verify your attendance. If you have to be excused for a specific session (e.g., because you have to attend a scientific meeting) send Dr. Zhong an email.