Welcome to the Fordyce Lab!
This page contains some important information for you to begin your first few months in the lab, and hopefully get you up to speed as soon as possible!
First, check out the welcome packet located below. This contains all the information you need to find your way around the lab, load the lab calendar and get started on the server. It also talks about general lab expectations and Dr. Fordyce's philosophy behind the lab.
Logistical information about the lab can also be found at the Logistics Tab.
AT A Glance . . . . .
Here's some important things you should know starting out in the lab:
- Lab meetings are 9:15 am in Shriram 054 in the basement. There is a no laptop policy and you are encouraged to participate. Questions are allowed during the speaker's talk.
- The main means of communication in the lab is Slack. You can make an account at www.fordycelab.slack.com with your Stanford email address.
- The lab has a Server for data storage. You can get an account by talking with Kara or Tyler. It can be accessed by SMB or CIFS protocols, as well as SSH. You can use to smb://FordyceServer to connect on Stanford Wifi or VPN.
- Orders individually order reagents via SmartMart. Talk with a lab member about placing your orders.
One of the first things you'll be doing in the lab is giving a Rotation Student Presentation during Rotatostraganza. This is a fun opportunity for you to introduce yourself to the group, and for us to get to know a little bit about you, your rotation goals, and your previous skills so that we can better mentor you through your rotation experience.
Your presentation should be about 10 minutes and is normally given during a special group meeting with snacks and drinks.
Your presentation should contain the following elements:
- Your name, program, and interests
- Fun facts about you and your life
- Your work previous to graduate school (a few slides), especially research or technical skills you bring to the lab
- Your goals for the rotation and graduate school (things you want to learn, projects that excite you)
- Possible projects in the lab
There are examples on the Server under General > Presentations > Rotation Extravaganza for you to check out.
At the end of your presentation, you will be asked to give a similar 20 minute talk wrapping up your experiences and results, with emphasis on what you've learned, what worked and what didn't, and your goals for future work.