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Scientific Presentation an Conduct

Instructor: Hania K√∂ver (et al.)

Teaching Assistant: n.a.

Course description:

 

Course Goals:

To provide a forum for discussion and skills-development for all first year PhD students at IST Austria. Topics include developing goals for the PhD, choosing and making effective use of the thesis supervisor, scientific writing, presentations and outreach, and responsible conduct of research. The course is divided into four 3-week modules that take place over the course of the Fall and Spring semesters (see schedule).

 
Format:

Active discussion and workshop-style practice, along with weekly reflection and homework assignments. 

 
Assignments: 

Major assignments include a portfolio of weekly reflection assignments due at the end of each module, and a slide presentation on a scientific topic presented to a general audience (module 4).

 
Grading: 

Grading is pass/no-pass. Students are expected to attend every class session, and to actively participate in discussions, activities, and homework assignments. Missing more than 2 class sessions, failing to turn in assignments, or not participating in class will result in re-taking the class next year. 

 
Absences: 

If you need to miss class, please let me know in advance, and make sure to make up all homework assignments. 

 

 

Schedule (subject to change)

       
Module 1: Navigating the PhD      
October 12 (4:00-5:30pm) Big Seminar Room LBW Course overview / introductions  
October 19 (4:00-5:30pm) Mondi 2 Navigating the PhD at IST Austria  
October 26   NO CLASS (public holiday)  
November 2 (4:00-5:30pm) Mondi 2 Navigating the PhD at IST Austria  
Module 2: Scientific Writing      
January 11 (4:00-5:30pm) Mondi 2 Scientific Writing 1  
January 18 (4:00-5:30pm) Mondi 2 Scientific Writing 2  
January 25 (4:00-5:30pm) Mondi 2 Scientific Writing 3  
Module 3: Responsible conduct of research      
March 8 (4:00-5:00) Big Seminar Room LBW Responsible conduct of research  
March 15 (4:00-6:000) Ballroom Responsible conduct of research  
March 22 (4:00-6:00) Big Seminar Room LBW Responsible conduct of research  
Module 4: Presenting for a general audience      
TBD TBD Presenting for a general audience  
TBD TBD Presenting for a general audience  
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Homework

File Due Date
Homework 1 November 9th
Homework 2 November 9th
Homework 3 November 9th
   
   
   

Additional reading material

Elevator Pitches Elevator pitch: science careers
  Elevator pitch: overview
   
Supervision How to pick a graduate advisor
  How to be a graduate advisee
  Care and maintenance of your advisor
   
The PhD Experience Graduate School: the Movie
   
Mental Health This is your Mind on Grad School
  Stressed students reach out for help
  The power of peer support