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Program Activities

In addition to didactic courses and laboratory research training, the Molecular Biology Program supports a variety of other activities that are important for the training experience of graduate students, including monthly round tables, weekly seminar series, annual symposium, and an annual 3-day retreat in the Colorado Rockies.

Round Table

Once a month, our student-organized round table hosts a guest speaker and discusses topics pertaining to current research of interest.


The Molecular Biology Program offers an annual symposium to the general university community. A topic is selected in an area of research that could benefit many research programs at the UCD. Click on the link to see a list of past symposiums. 

Annual Retreat

A highlight of the program is an annual retreat for all faculty, students, and postdoctoral fellows near Winter Park, Colorado. The retreat is an opportunity for discussion and interaction about new and ongoing research endeavors within the program.  Students and faculty present mini-seminars, attend an annual keynote address by an invited guest and participate in multiple poster sessions.  Sessions are interspersed with more relaxing afternoons that feature a variety of recreational opportunities, including the faculty-student basketball game.



The Molecular Biology Seminar Series is held weekly and is a vital component of the training program. The seminar series allows students to develop a critical approach to scientific data and to perfect their public speaking skills as they present data from their own research each year. Prominent external scientists (10-12 per year) are also invited to present and discuss their data.  While visiting, students are encouraged to attend lunch with the guest speakers and to interact with the visitors in order to discuss their own work, to gain perspectives, and to establish contacts outside of the university.