Instructor: Hania Köver
To provide a forum for discussion and skills-development for all first year graduate students at IST Austria. Topics will include developing goals for the PhD, choosing and making effective use of the thesis supervisor and other mentors, scientific presentation, writing, teaching, and responsible conduct of research.
Active discussion and workshop-style practice, along with weekly reflection and homework assignments.
Major assignments include a 7-minute slide presentation on a scientific topic (April 8-22), a (short) scientific writing assignment (May 6-13), as well as a portfolio of weekly reflection and mini-assignments due at the end of the course (to be completed weekly).
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 two class sessions, failing to turn in homework assignments, or not participating in class will result in re-taking the class next year.
Start date: March 4th, 2016; End date: June 24th, 2016
Fridays 10am - noon, Mondi 2
Please note exception on June 10th and June 17th: 9am - noon
Please note that attendance is also expected on "bridge days" (May 6th and May 27th).
Voestalpine Administration Building, 1st floor
Office hours: By appointment!
Please get in touch! I am interested in the feedback on this and other courses at IST Austria, your overall experience in the PhD program, as well as challenges, questions or conflicts you are facaing. You can also drop by my office on the first floor of the Voestalpine Administration Building.
|March 4th||10am-noon||Introductions + course overview||Mondi 2|
|March 11th||10am-noon||Goals for the PhD/ Working with your supervisor||Mondi 2|
|March 18th||10am-noon||Slide presentations: Overview||Mondi 2|
|March 21st to April 1st||Easter break (no class)|
|April 8th||10am-noon||Student presentations 1||TBD|
|April 15th||10am-noon||Student presentations 2||TBD|
|April 22nd||10am-noon||Student presentations 3||TBD|
|April 29th||Young Scientist's Symposium (no class; midway homework portfolio due)|
|May 6th||10am-noon||Writing 1||Mondi 2|
|May 13th||10am-noon||Writing 2||Mondi 2|
|May 20th||10am-noon||Teaching 1||Mondi 2|
|May 27th||No class|
|June 3rd||10am-noon||Responsible conduct of research (RCR): overview||Mondi 2|
|June 10th||9am-noon||RCR case studies 1||TBD|
|June 17th||9am-noon||RCR case studies 2||TBD|
|June 24th||10am-noon||Course recap||Mondi 2|
|Elevator Pitches||Science Careers: Elevator Pitches|
|Elevator Pitches||Elevator Pitches Handout|
|Goals for the PhD||Guide to the PhD: Publications Matter|
|Supervision||How to pick a graduate advisor|
|Supervision||How to be a graduate advisee|
|Supervision||Care and maintenance of your advisor|
|Choosing a Research Question||Alon: How to Choose a Good Scientific Problem|
|Choosing a Research Question||Platt: Strong Inference|
|Coping with Stress||Djokic: This is your mind on Grad School|
|Writing||How to write an introduction|
|Homework week 1|
|Homework week 2|
|Homework week 3-6|
|Workshop groups for weeks 4-6|
|Example Structure & Content Rubric|
|Homework week 6|
|Homework week 7|
|Useful transition words|
|Useful general model words|
|Homework Week 8|
|Homework Week 9|
|Active learning strategies|
|Example rubric research proposal Stanford|
|Example rubric term paper Penn State|
|Homework Week 10|
|Homework Week 11|
|Homework Week 12|
|Research integrity case studies|
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