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College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources
 

Tropical Plant Pathology
Graduate Student Handbook

Seminars

Several types of seminars take place in the department. TPP students will encounter special seminars by visitors, topic seminars, proposal seminars, defense seminars, discussion groups, journal clubs, and symposia. Special research seminars are presented from time to time by visiting scientists, faculty, staff, students and other guests.

Topic Seminars

As a student you are required to participate in a Topic Seminar (PEPS 660) held each semester if you are not presenting a proposal seminar, a culminating seminar, or defending your thesis/dissertation. THe plant pathology seminar is held Friday afternoons from 1:30 to 2:20. Topic seminars are in an area of plant pathology apart from you own research. Tropical Plant Pathology faculty rotate as leaders of the topic seminar each semester and specifics thus change.

Proposal Seminars

Proposal seminars are presented by students on their thesis/dissertation research. Proposal seminars are normally given early during your tenure as a graduate student. These seminars provide and opportunity for your fellow students, the staff and faculty to learn about your research. Furthermore, the presentation of your proposal will allow critical evaluation and prevention of missteps in your research. Proposal seminars should be scheduled so that all members of your Advisory Committee will be present. Proposal seminars are taken as a PEPS 799 1-credit-hour (CR/NC). Remember that these seminars do not count towards the M.S. 30 credit requirement.

Defense Seminars and Culminating Seminars

These seminars are given during the last semester of your tenure as a student. The defense and culminating seminars represent a summary of a student’s research project. These seminars allow you to share the knowledge and advancement in science that you have made. These seminars should be scheduled so that all members of your Advisory Committee will be present. These seminars are taken as a PEPS 799 1-credit-hour (CR/NC). Remember that these seminars do not count towards the M.S. 30 credit requirement.

Discussion Groups and Journal Clubs

Discussion groups and Journal Clubs form at the beginning of fall and spring semesters. Students are encouraged to participate in group formation and in discussions. Discussions can informal, brown-bag lunch sessions. Often Journals Clubs or Discussion groups are offered as PEPS 691 special topics. Please ask your advisor.

CTAHR Student Research Symposium

Geographic isolation of the University of Hawaii and high travel expense often prevent CTAHR students from presenting their research at professional scientific conferences outside the state. The purpose of the CTAHR Student Research Symposium is to provide students with the opportunity to present their scholarly work in a friendly, yet professional setting similar to national and international conferences. Through travel grant awards, the Symposium enables graduate students to compete for funding to present their research at a scientific conference outside the state. The program consists of research papers and posters presented by graduate students, and research, review papers, capstone projects, and posters presented by undergraduate students. Whereas participation is not required by TPP graduate students at this time, the faculty support and encourage student participation in the symposium.


Program Goals

  • Students communicate effectively
  • Students are competent and knowledgeable biologists
  • Students conduct research in plant pathology

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