Curriculum

Curriculum

 

BUSS 2019

Curriculum (see Table 1 for details):

  • Approximately 15-25 students will be accepted to a 9-week program each summer.
  • Students perform a research project in one of the participating research groups, under the guidance of the group leader, a postdoc, or a graduate student.
  • The students attend a weekly series of special research seminars, in which participating mentors give an overview about their research.
  • The students participate in weekly, mentored journal clubs, to learn how to critically analyze primary research literature.
  • The students attend tutorials on scientific writing and on how to give an effective PowerPoint presentation.
  • The students give a short oral presentation of their project at the beginning of the course, and write a final report at the end.
  • The course ends with a one-day Symposium, at which the students present a summary of their research to their peers and advisors.
  • The students will get a certificate for participation in BUSS 2019. Students from University of Zurich and ETH Zurich receive 9 credit points for participating in this program (1 ETCS point/week), which gets credited to BIO 200, a module equivalent to a research practical in Biology (Forschungspraktikum).

Example of the scientific program:

Week Activities
  Research Events Scientific program
1   Welcome with BUSS Alumni 18-19
 Introduction to BUSS 9-10

Project proposals

 

2   Wed evening 18-19:
country presentations
Mon  9-10: research seminar
Fri 16-17: journal club
3   Wed evening 18-19:
country presentations
Retreat*
4   Wed evening 18-19:
country presentations
Mon 9-10: research seminar
Workshop: Scientific writing
Fri 16-17: journal club
5   Wed evening 18-19:
country presentations
Mon 9-10: research seminar
Lecture: How to give a presentation
Fri 16-17: journal club
6   Wed evening 18-19:
country presentations
Mon 9-10: research seminar
Scientific excursion
Fri 16-17: journal club
7   Wed evening 18-19:
country presentations
Mon 9-10: research seminar
Lecture: Ethics in science
Fri 16-17: journal club
8   Wed evening 18-19:
country presentations
Mon 9-10: research seminar
Scientific excursion
Fri 16-17: journal club
9  

Closing symposium
Mon Final reports due

Retreat*: A three days scientific retreat at the beginning of the curriculum brings students and teaching staff together for discussions of concepts in science and biology.