PPATH 590: Colloquium (Fall 2017)

Continuing seminars which consist of a series of individual lectures by faculty, students, or outside speakers.


  • Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology



  • Mondays, 3:35-4:30 p.m., 107 Wartik Lab
  • Fridays, 12:20-1:10 p.m., 108 Wartik Lab


Dr. Donald D. Davis
Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology

323 Buckhout Lab

Seminar Committee Members

  • Dr. Yinong Yang, , 405C Life Sciences Building, 814-867-0324
  • Dr. Gretchen Kuldau, , 308 Buckhout Lab, 814-863-7232

Course Grading

PPATH 590 Colloquium is a one-credit, satisfactory/unsatisfactory course. All students will be evaluated based on attendance during Monday afternoon seminars as determined from the seminar attendance record book. If students are unable to attend due to other obligations, they must let the instructor know in advance. More than three unexcused absences will result in an unsatisfactory grade. In addition, attendance and active participation is expected in at least 50 percent of the scheduled practice seminars. Active participation includes providing constructive feedback during the practice seminar and also via the feedback form. For students presenting a seminar, the practice will count towards the required number of practice seminars.

2nd Semester M.S. or Ph.D. Students

Second-semester M.S. or Ph.D. students are expected to prepare and deliver a seminar as part of the formal training in PPATH 590. These seminars will be delivered during the Friday 12:10 p.m. class period unless otherwise scheduled. Topics will be selected by the student in consultation with their advisor and/or the course instructor. Dates will be scheduled with the course instructor. The goal for this topic seminar is to cover an area of research in depth, synthesize information gathered, and link the topic to the student’s own research area. The topic selected should not be a review of the direct research area the student is working on nor should it be on a topic covered in a class lecture. Students entering the graduate program with prior research experiences, significant work experiences, or having completed M.S. degree research may elect to give a seminar on previous work if related to some scientific aspect related to plant pathology or at least related to the plant sciences.

Subsequent seminars delivered on Mondays as part of the PPEM Seminar Series will describe the student’s thesis research either as a thesis proposal seminar (2nd seminar Ph.D. student) or research seminar (M.S. or Ph.D. student exit seminar given in the final semester). This exit seminar may or may not coincide with the defense seminar but presents the culmination of thesis research.

Practice seminars

Practice seminars will be scheduled for all students presenting seminars. The times will be determined based on the availability of the majority of the class. In the past these have been held on Thursdays over the lunch hour or some other time convenient to most students and the course instructor. Students who have schedule conflicts should see the instructor to make alternative arrangements. Students interested in scheduling practice seminars in preparation for presentations at conferences or job interviews should inform the course instructor. It is expected that students will be well prepared for their practice seminars.

Seminar abstracts

All students presenting a seminar are expected to prepare a seminar abstract. It should be no more than 250 to 300 words in length and contain only the most relevant references. All abstracts need to be reviewed and approved in writing by the thesis adviser. Submit the final signed copy of the abstract to the course instructor as well as an electronic version (Word doc) to the course instructor no less than one week prior to the scheduled seminar. For students presenting on Mondays also send an electronic copy to one week prior to the scheduled seminar.

Flu Protocol

In compliance with Pennsylvania Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control recommendations, students should NOT attend class or any public gatherings while ill with influenza. The illness and self-isolation period will usually be about a week. It is very important that individuals avoid spreading the flu to others. Students with the flu DO NOT need to provide a physician's certification of illness. However, ill students should inform the course instructor via e-mail, not personally, that they are absent from class because of the flu. Notification needs to occur at the onset or during the illness and the instructor will work with students at the time of their recovery to get them back on track in the class.

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