Induction Day 2010 Advice: Getting What You Came for in graduate school

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Advice for 1st year Master's and Ph.D. students in Engineering and Informatics. One of two student talks at NUIG Induction Day 2010.

Advice for 1st year Master's and Ph.D. students in Engineering and Informatics. One of two student talks at NUIG Induction Day 2010.

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  • What motivates you to spend the next 2, 3, or 4 years working in research.





  • Know what your advisor expects. Know what you’re here to achieve.







  • - "release early, release often" [open source mantra] - as in have a draft early and show it to both supervisor and whoever has decision-making power re accepting the thesis for the viva
    - and if you can be productive and have priorities right over all, that's important too
  • XMind
  • Overall, good luck on your journey.


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  • 1. Digital Enterprise Research Institute www.deri.ie Getting What You Came For Advice for your first year Jodi Schneider jschneider@pobox.com NUIG Induction Day 2010-10-21 Galway, Ireland © Copyright 2009 Digital Enterprise Research Institute. All rights reserved.
  • 2. Begin with the end in mind
  • 3. Why are you here?
  • 4. Take Homes • Why are you here? • It’s not undergrad • Track & map the research for your lit review
  • 5. It’s not undergrad
  • 6. Postgrad is not undergrad • Know what ‘counts’ • what your advisor expects • why you’re really here • what the department values • what counts as research in your field • Get organised:You can’t rely soly on your class cohort. • Personalities matter. Make sure you can work with your advisor and your committee.
  • 7. Working with your advisor • Meet regularly; generally once a week. • Discuss what you want from your degree program. • Set clear goals, with fixed deadlines. • Ask for regular feedback. • Agree on your responsibilities, and your advisor’s. • Merit your advisor’s good opinion. • You are not just an acolyte, but also a collaborator. Act accordingly!
  • 8. Self-management • Know what’s expected of you. • Don’t expect your advisor to have a grand plan: it’s up to you to ensure there is a plan. • Goals, deadlines, progress measures. • Time management. • Critical path analysis.
  • 9. Understand the department • What is the typical service requirement? • How soon and how often should you publish? • Get to know people, inside & outside your research group. • Be nice to admin staff! • Get the gossip: older students can be really helpful, if they want to be. • Who can you go to sort out problems? • What are the graduation requirements?
  • 10. Track & map the research for your lit review
  • 11. Track the research • Know the good conferences & journals. • Ask. • Track cites. (The library can show you!) • Start reading these papers now, even before you have papers to submit. • Use RSS feeds to follow journals and blogs. • Find the community (prof orgs, mailing lists) • Use the library (ILL, off-campus access, 1-1 help)
  • 12. Track your reading
  • 13. Summarise reading
  • 14. Track research ideas • Always be writing (helps formulate ideas!) • introduction and literature review • research diary • mindmapping and outlining • “Release” early and often: get feedback from your GRC
  • 15. Try Mind Mapping
  • 16. Thanks! • jschneider@pobox.com • @jschneider on Twitter • http://jodischneider.com
  • 17. Image credits • Slide 3: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ pefectfutures/3299973538/ • Slide 6, 11, 20: CC-BY Jodi Schneider • Slide 13: http://britishlibrary.typepad.co.uk/ magnificentmaps/2010/07/magnificent- maps-that-didnt-make-the-exhibition-4.html