I’m right in the middle of two days of evaluating student presentations. They’re 10 minute talks about the fourth year research projects they did. Yesterday I evaluated fifteen speakers, and today I have another fifteen. Seven other people are also evaluating over both days, and each student brings their supervisor, who also evaluates their own student as well as the other students in the same time slot.
It’s madness from a logistical point of view, but sitting in the talks is quite enjoyable. Every fifteen minutes I get to listen to another research talk, and the topics are extremely varied. Among the fifteen talks I listened to yesterday were psychological evaluations, molecular biology, biochemistry, genetics, ecology, and neurology. Model systems people talked about were mice, cell culture, snails, drosophila, C. elegans, bipolar patients, and children. And I learned so much from just sitting there! I learned about auto-immune disorders I didn’t yet know, and about pollution I wasn’t familiar with, and the latest updates from the miRNA field.
So right now, I’m going to run to Second Cup to grab a coffee and get ready for the next two blocks of student presentations.