A couple weeks ago, the grad students had the annual task of choosing a speaker for the graduate student sponsored colloquium presentation that happens each fall. This task is especially exciting this year now that we have our own colloquium series out here at the MSC, as opposed to before when MSC grad students attended the Biology Department colloquium. This means that we can choose speakers that directly relate to our interests (ecology, conservation etc.) and we don’t have to consider speakers whose research might be more applicable to main campus biology graduate students. While we all agree its essential to broaden your horizons by attending a talk outside our research area once and a while, its nice logistically to have a colloquium series out here at the MSC, especially due to our growing faculty and graduate student populations.
This growing grad student population also means that there are many more opinions to consider when choosing a speaker, so we gathered over pizza (which quickly disappeared) to suggest speakers and then put it to a vote.
There were quite a lot of suggestions and despite that fact that many of our interests overlap, there was definitely some lab bias. As expected the Ayers lab suggested neuroscience/biomimetic speakers while the Grabowski lab voted for shark biologists. In the end we narrowed it down to 3 potential speakers and assigned students to contact them regarding their availability to come speak to us. Hopefully one of them wil be available or its back to the drawing board. Stay tuned to find out the outcome of this exciting episode of graduate student democracy at the MSC!