This is my first semester as head of the lab (also called PI, for Principal Investigator). Right now, the lab is composed solely of undergraduate students (a brief overview of projects). That has actually made it slightly easier to plan lab meetings. We meet weekly, and are using it almost as a lab-training course. Here is our schedule:
Sept 10: Lab introductions, expectations, and getting comfortable in the terminal
Sept 17: Course credit, Lab paperwork; Post-graduation options; Introduction to command line (Start here: http://cli.learncodethehardway.org/book/)
Sept 24: How to read and understand a scientific paper (read this)
Oct 1: Command line continued (Install datasciencetoolbox)
Oct 8: ASHG practice talk
Oct 15: Tutorial on VPN and SSH
Oct 22: NO LAB MEETING - ASHG Conference
Oct 29: Presentation from visiting researcher - Laurent Frantz
Nov 5: Journal Club
Nov 12: Summary of ASHG meeting
Nov 19: TBD
Nov 26: NO LAB MEETING - Happy Thanksgiving!
Dec 3: Student project Updates And End of Semester Wrap Up
Dec 10: NO LAB MEETING - Good Luck on Finals!
The students gave me great feedback on my ASHG talk that I think really improved it.
They've also been wonderfully interactive with me and with the invited speaker.
I decided that once a semester I want to have a journal club. In this case, it might be better to call it a journal survey club. Each student is assigned one journal, and asked to read through the most recent issue (or most recent few issues if they want) to find one article that they find interesting. Prior to lab meeting, each student will send me the link to the article, a comment about the article, and a question about the article. I will compile these links, questions, and comments on the blog, and we will discuss them at lab meeting. We might push things around a little, because with 18 students, we may need a couple lab meetings to make it through all the papers!