The Molecular Biology program holds weekly seminars in which faculty, trainees, and invited outside speakers present talks on their research. The seminar series draws everyone together weekly to discuss research in progress and keep abreast on new scientific techniques and findings. This seminar series helps students practice the presentation skills that will be important in their careers, provides examples from faculty presentations, and often sparks new collaborations. Beginning in the second year, students in the program provide yearly updates on their research in the form of oral presentations at the seminar series or the annual program retreat. First year students also present short talks at the end of each research rotation.

Student with speaker Ron Vale

MOLB student are hosting Dr. Ron Vale from UCSF.

Students at dinner with John Cooper

Dinner with Dr. John Cooper, another speaker invited by students for MOLB Seminar Series.


Fourth year students in the program organize the annual scientific retreat in the Rocky Mountains each fall. The retreat is a three-day event that provides an opportunity for discussion and interaction about new and ongoing research endeavors within the program. Students and faculty present mini-seminars, enjoy a keynote address by an invited guest, and participate in poster sessions. Sessions are interspersed with downtime to enjoy a variety of recreational opportunities, including faculty-student basketball games, hiking, and other activities.

Program Group Shot
Attendees of MOLB Retreat in 2019.
Retreat costume poster session 2019

Retreat is held on last week of October, so you might as well present your poster in costume.

Retreat Group Hike 2019

Short hike during break between Scientific Sessions.


Third year students in the program organize the annual Molecular Biology Symposium in spring of each year. Students pick the topic, invite and host the speakers, and organize the entire event. This is an excellent opportunity to learn about new research areas, present the poster and interact with speakers, as well as students and faculty from MOLB Program.

Symposium Flyer
Symposium Flyer
Symposium Flyer

Round Table

Students supported by the program's T32 training grant organize round tables for all Molecular Biology students (faculty is not allowed to participate). This monthly event has a flexible format, allowing presenters to share a recent paper of interest, give a chalk talk on a specific research question, or invite a local outside speaker to learn about a new area of interest, including alternative career options.

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