This course is designed to foster the professional development of students, particularly in terms of exposure to cutting-edge research topics, communication skills and exposing them to the breadth of non-academic scientific experiences. Speakers will be invited to present current scientific findings in microbiology and related disciplines. Students will gain experience in evaluating and presenting current scientific literature. Speakers will also be recruited from a wide range of science-related professions representing industry and government to present lectures/discussions to provide students with the knowledge of 'alternative' non-academic career paths.
Upon the completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Be able to develop their professional networks with field experts
- Evaluate available career options in the life sciences
- Effectively describe current research findings in microbiology
Dr. Brian Geiss
Dr. Brian Geiss is an Professor in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology at Colorado State University. He received his PhD from Saint Louis University School of Medicine in 2002. His research interests lie in developing translational technologies toward infectious diseases, including development of antivirals, vaccines, and novel pathogen diagnostics. Dr. Geiss has been teaching since at CSU since 2006, and has taught MIP 613 as a lecture course since 2013. Dr. Geiss is an advocate for development of critical scientific thinking skills, and creative application of scientific principles and effective communication of practical applications are strongly encouraged in his courses.