Fall 2015 - MBB 806 G100

PhD Graduate Research Seminar (3)

Class Number: 3614

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 8 – Dec 7, 2015: TBA, TBA



Oral presentation and defense of a written PhD research proposal. Students will be examined on their progress and grasp of knowledge relevant to the proposed research and their capacity to complete the proposed thesis research. Open only to students in the PhD molecular biology and biochemistry graduate program.


Each student will prepare a written proposal of Thesis research using the format of a Grant Application. The proposal should include a statement of the goals for the PhD research program, a review of the most significant literature related to the topic, a summary of research progress, and a description of the proposed research, including the methods to be used. The student will present a seminar on the proposed thesis research project, and will be examined by the instructor(s) and members of the supervisory committee.  Other students enrolled in the course will attend the seminar/examination when possible and may participate in the questioning. 

See: http://www.sfu.ca/mbb/Grad/Courses.html for a supplementary course outline


  • Based on capacity to effectively communicate concerning subject matter of the proposed Thesis research, grasp of knowledge relevant to the proposed research, significance of the proposed research, and to complete the program of Thesis research.


This course is offered in lieu of a PhD candidacy exam.  Failure to pass this course will result in withdrawal from the PhD graduate program. Students who do not initially pass this course may be granted an Incomplete grade and given a second opportunity to complete the course within an agreed period of time.

Graduate Studies Notes:

Important dates and deadlines for graduate students are found here: http://www.sfu.ca/dean-gradstudies/current/important_dates/guidelines.html. The deadline to drop a course with a 100% refund is the end of week 2. The deadline to drop with no notation on your transcript is the end of week 3.

Registrar Notes:

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://students.sfu.ca/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html