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.

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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.

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

    1. 1. Digital Enterprise Research Institute Getting What You Came For Advice for your first year Jodi Schneider NUIG Induction Day 2010-10-21 Galway, Ireland © Copyright 2009 Digital Enterprise Research Institute. All rights reserved.
    2. 2. Begin with the end in mind
    3. 3. Why are you here?
    4. 4. Take Homes • Why are you here? • It’s not undergrad • Track & map the research for your lit review
    5. 5. It’s not undergrad
    6. 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. 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. 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. 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. 10. Track & map the research for your lit review
    11. 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. 12. Track your reading
    13. 13. Summarise reading
    14. 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. 15. Try Mind Mapping
    16. 16. Thanks! • • @jschneider on Twitter •
    17. 17. Image credits • Slide 3: pefectfutures/3299973538/ • Slide 6, 11, 20: CC-BY Jodi Schneider • Slide 13: magnificentmaps/2010/07/magnificent- maps-that-didnt-make-the-exhibition-4.html