Events and Activities
The Department of Biology is a research community where students, faculty, post-doctoral associates, senior researchers, technicians, and adjunct lecturers have different outlets to engage in a forum of learning and discussing research in the biology field.
The Department of Biology invites scholars in Biology to present their research at the Department of Biology at Georgetown University. The guest speakers attend the seminar series on most Thursdays throughout the academic year, during the Fall and Spring semester. The seminars are followed by a Q&A session. To learn about current and previous speakers please browse the lists below:
The Department of Biology invites Graduate students to present their research on every Friday throughout the academic year, during the Fall and Spring semester. Students are expected to present their thesis research and give an outline of their project, background, rationale, methods, data collected so far, conclusions, and future directions. The seminars are followed by a Q&A session from Biology professors, Biology graduate students, and any other attendees. This weekly seminar series provides students the opportunity to learn the elements of preparing and presenting a seminar, it also prepares them for their final Defense presentation.
To learn about current and previous graduate speakers please browse the lists below:
Journal Clubs are provided weekly to graduate students as an opportunity to present journal articles of their choice and share them with their colleagues and instructors. It serves as a practice ground for speaking to a scientific audience. Journal clubs are a forum for learning and for the expansion of scientific knowledge in Astrobiology, ecology, evolution and behavior, and Molecular Cell Biology literature.
Astrobiology Journal Club
BIOL 517 (Sections 1 and 2)
This journal club, comprising an interdisciplinary group of Georgetown faculty, students, and outside researchers, focuses on topics of importance in astrobiology and planetary sciences. Weekly seminars provide the opportunity for graduate students to present their original research or critically discuss the methodologies and implications of topical journal articles. Prior topics of review include extreme life in hydrothermal, deep ice or acidic hot spring environments, upcoming missions in the search for life on Mars and Europa, the discovery of exoplanets, and how current astrobiology research is informing and expanding our definition of life in the universe.
EEB Journal Club
Ecology, Evolution and Behavior Journal Club
BIOL 514 (Sections 1 and 2)
Journal Club provides a relaxed environment for graduate students to research and present a journal article of their choosing to an audience of peers and professors. It serves as practice grounds for speaking to a scientific audience. Learning to critically read, write, and evaluate scientific papers is one of the most important long-term skills required for success in science, both during and after graduate school. Through analysis of published papers, we hope that students will gain an understanding of the different elements of theory, experimental design, analysis, and writing that are essential for scientific communication and successful publication. Above all, journal club should be a forum for learning and for the expansion of scientific knowledge in ecology, evolution, and behavior.
MCB Journal Club
Molecular and Cell Biology
BIOL 516 (Sections 1 and 2)
This journal club focuses on Molecular Cell Biology literature. (MCB) stands for Molecular and Cell Biology. This term refers to faculty and students with interests centrally in molecular, cell, and neural biology (including biochemical, genetic, evo-devo, computational, applied health, and related approaches)
BIOcoffee runs during the summer. It is a weekly summertime gathering of faculty, staff, students, postdocs, and visitors. It is a great opportunity to mingle with friends, new and old, and catch up with old friends while enjoying a fabulous breakfast of coffee and yummy pastries.