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Gift for Structural Biology professor

  1. Jun 24, 2015 #1
    Hello,

    I would like to offer a gift to one of my professor who has been extraordinary nice to me this past year. He is a physicist in the field of Structural Biology.

    I am thinking of buying him a cool book/illustrated novel about history of science. The best that I have come up so far is Logicomix. But it is pretty far from his field.

    I realize posting this here is a bit far-fetched but if anyone would have a better idea that would suits him better ? I am looking for something interesting but not a textbook.

    Any advice is welcome, thank you!
     
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  3. Jun 24, 2015 #2

    ShayanJ

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    This and this seem to be good choices.
     
  4. Jun 24, 2015 #3
    Thank you very much. I'll have a look into those.
     
  5. Jun 25, 2015 #4
    How about a physical model of something he studies? If he works on proteins, maybe a 3D model of the molecular structure of a protein he's worked on, or if he does DNA a model of the double-helix. Professors like that kind of stuff and don't have the time to read history books.
     
  6. Jun 26, 2015 #5

    Orodruin

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    Not to rain on the parade, but before doing anything you should check up if your university has a policy on students giving gifts to professors. The last thing you want to do is to get him into trouble for accepting a gift against university rules. I understand that you may want to give a nice professor a gift, but others may see it as a bribe and suspect mischief even if there is none. After all, your professor graded you (or is going to). Therefore, it is better to check up on this before acting.
     
  7. Jun 27, 2015 #6
    "How about a physical model of something he studies? If he works on proteins, maybe a 3D model of the molecular structure of a protein he's worked on, or if he does DNA a model of the double-helix. Professors like that kind of stuff and don't have the time to read history books."

    This is a great idea, ùaybe I can find someone who can 3D print one of his structure.

    "Not to rain on the parade, but before doing anything you should check up if your university has a policy on students giving gifts to professors. The last thing you want to do is to get him into trouble for accepting a gift against university rules. I understand that you may want to give a nice professor a gift, but others may see it as a bribe and suspect mischief even if there is none. After all, your professor graded you (or is going to). Therefore, it is better to check up on this before acting."

    This should be okay at my university, and I will probably not work with him anymore.
    Thank you all for your input, I have made my choice. I'll go with the book if 3D printing is not possible.

    Cheers!
     
  8. Jun 27, 2015 #7

    epenguin

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    H'mm gift of a book could be ethically dubious? Maybe you don't have the big corruption seen in other parts of the world. :oldbiggrin:
    Another book you could look at the review in Amazon and will see it is at least approriate and relevant to your Prof. is J.D.Bernal, Sage of Science.

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    Last edited: Nov 25, 2015
  9. Nov 24, 2015 #8
    Gift something which surely your professor will like. I thing books are the best gifts.
     
  10. Nov 24, 2015 #9
    Its good to meet our teachers after a long time. Once our professor was retiring from our university and we gifted her with something very special that would make her happy and look even more beautiful. We all students decided to gifted her a set of skincare products and this site was most helpful to gift her she liked the most. And recently I met her coincidently, still she remember us and the gift that we presented her. It fells nice to meet our professors remembering you with great asset.
     
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