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2021 Summer Journal Club Leader Information


Goals of the Summer Journal Club program:

  • To provide teaching, mentoring and administrative experience for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows
  • To provide opportunities for summer interns to:
    • Gain critical reading experience
    • Learn about laboratory techniques
    • Practice discussing scientific topics

Guidelines and tasks for club leaders:

  • Find a partner with whom you will lead the journal club.
  • Watch the "Tips for Leading a Summer Journal Club" webinar recording.
  • Determine when the club will meet (should be weekly, minimum of 4 times and maximum of 6 times between June 14th and July 30th, 2021).
  • Create and host the meetings on the platform of your choice (Zoom, Webinar, Teams, etc.)
  • Maintain attendance list
  • At the initial club meeting:
    • Briefly review how to read a scientific paper
    • Provide details on the format of your club
    • Give general background about the topics and techniques covered
  • Select papers or review and approve papers selected by students (have back-up papers ready)
  • Communicate papers to be discussed to students at least one week in advance of meeting
  • Support students and facilitate discussion of the papers
  • Provide feedback to students on their presentation/evaluation of the paper
  • Toolkit is available upon request by email.

Summer Journal Club Leader Application:

Applications should include:

  • Title
  • Description
  • Names of co-leaders
  • Dates, times and meeting links (must schedule at least four sessions)

Submit your Journal Club Description here.

Applications are due by Monday, April 19, 2021.

Evaluation:  We will collect evaluations from both students and leaders

  • Evaluation forms will be sent electronically to all participants in mid-July.
  • Evaluation forms will be sent electronically to all co-leaders at the end of July.