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The 16th Bio Summer Camp was held on August 19th-21st

The 16th Bio Summer Camp was held on August 19th-21st online. It was our first attempt to conduct this event online utilizing an online meeting system (Webex). The Summer Camp is an annual graduate program event that aims to facilitate students’ research progress through discussions with their advisors and others, and to promote their presentation and communication skills in English. 

More than 120 participants including 57 D1 and D2 students, 24 M2 students who intend to proceed to the doctoral course, and 35 professors and several external reviewers participated this year. Each D2 student was given a 20-minute oral presentation slot. Thanks to the individual lessons given by our English teachers at each appropriate level, the students’ presentations were at high quality as if it was an actual international conference. Every student had a great experience. For the adviser hearings, D2 students had active discussions with their advisors about research progresses. Also at the oral sessions, the students not only gave talks but also served as chairpersons, and they had active discussions in English during the Q&A sessions. 

D1 and M2 students presented their research results at the poster sessions. Prior to their poster presentations, D1 students gave a 90-second  short introduction about  their posters. Some students looked nervous, but they tried to attract the audience by presenting a well organized summary of their research. Many students and professors from within or outside of their research field  engaged in the active discussions, and the lively atmosphere motivated the juniors. 

In November, D2 students will participate in the International Workshop co-organized with the University of California and the Chinese Academy of Sciences. We look forward to seeing our D2 students further honing their communications skills.

The success of Summer Camp again this year was a good opportunity to recognize that the students are achieving key goals in the Biological Science graduate program.

(August 27, 2020)

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