Research in Progress (RiP)


CTEGD Research in Progress (RiP) meetings are weekly, interactive, student-facilitated presentations. They will be held at 8:30 AM  on Mondays in room 175, Coverdell Center during the academic calendar year. For Spring 2024, we will meet in person with a Zoom option. Advanced students, postdocs, technicians, and PIs from CTEGD labs present “in progress” work and discuss preliminary data and ideas for collaboration. Questions and discussion are highly encouraged. Refreshments are provided by CTEGD (coffee) and the host lab (immense platters of pastries and other breakfast foods!). All are welcome.

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DateLab presentingModerators
Aug. 21No Meeting
Aug. 28No Meeting
Sept. 4Labor DayNo Meeting
Sept. 11MorenoSaniya Sabnis
Sept. 18MPMNo Meeting
Sept. 25OrtegaJoseph Dainis
Oct. 2WestClyde Schmidt
Oct. 9KurupGrace Woods
Oct. 16EtheridgeDerek Huck
Oct. 23HuetEmily Bremers
Oct. 30MoorheadKaelynn Parker
Nov. 6KissingerCory Reynolds
Nov. 13SabatiniAnthony Ruberto
Nov. 20JoynerFiifi Agyabeng-Dadzie, Madelaine Usey
Nov. 27DocampoMegna Tiwari, Ale Villegas
Dec. 4KyleCamila Silva
Jan 8Lammie - CanceledWayne Cheng
Jan 15MLK, Jr. DayNo Meeting
Jan. 22StrandMalik Hussein, Magdelena Argomaniz
Jan. 29RozarioKatherine Moen, Justine Shiau
Feb. 5Mensa-Wilmot - CanceledJuan Camilo, Andrew Boland
Feb. 12MuralidharanMarianna Agudelo
Feb. 19TarletonNana Charles-Chess
Feb. 26PetersonJames Oristian
Mar. 4Spring BreakNo RiP
Mar. 11CasseraVictoria Mendiola
Mar. 18RosenbergMelissa Sleda, Benjamin Phipps
Mar. 25PatonJustin Wiedeman
Apr. 1Moreno - CanceledGanesh Malli Mohan
Apr. 8WestMayara Bertolini
Apr. 15KurupGonzalo Seminario Mondejar
Apr. 22EtheridgeAylla von Ermland, Baihetiya Baierna
Apr. 29HuetReagan Haney


RiP Format

  • Each CTEGD laboratory will present 1 – 2 times, depending on lab size, during the academic calendar year.
  • One or two trainee “facilitators” will be assigned to each presentation slot
    • Generally, more senior trainees (post-docs) will work singly, and early trainees will be paired with another student
  • Formal presentations will be limited to 40 minutes, uninterrupted, followed by a 20-minute question and answer period, initiated and facilitated by the assigned trainees

PI responsibilities

  • Plan ahead for a 40-minute presentation of ongoing work and projects under development
    • Avoid completed/published work except for introductory purposes
    • Projects under development, experiments in need of troubleshooting, or unexpected results are optimal content
    • Restrict your presentation to one or two speakers
  • Be responsive to trainee requests for a planning meeting and be prepared to briefly review the content of the RiP presentation
  • Provide a couple of relevant references and maybe a review for the trainees to read in preparation for the planning meeting

Trainee responsibilities

  • Contact the PI well ahead of time (at least 2 weeks before the RiP) to set up a planning meeting
    • Meet with the PI at least one week before the scheduled presentation
    • Email Bob Sabatini ( when this meeting is to take place
  • Read the background literature provided in preparation for the planning meeting
  • During the planning meeting, take notes on the general content of the presentation
  • During the RiP, briefly, introduce the speaker and moderate the session (e.g. maintain the “clock”, discourage interruptions from the audience, and call time at the 40-minute mark)
  • Be prepared to ask the first one or two questions of the speaker and then moderate questions from the audience

Audience responsibilities

  • Give the speakers 40 minutes uninterrupted time for the presentation
  • Engage in active discussions during the discussion period