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INFSCI 3005 - Introduction to Doctoral Program

(Fall 2010, CRN 38657)

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Course Materials

The materials for the future lectures are "best guess" and provided for better planning

Lecture Lecture Topics Faculty Profile Readings Assignments

September 2, 2010

Lecture 0

Introduction to PhD Studies by Prof. Druzdzel

Video: Race to Catch a Buckyball



September 9, 2010

Lecture 1

Part I: The Syllabus: What we will learn and how we will do it
Part II: The Structure of the IS PhD program at SIS



Alan Bundy, Ben du Boulay, Jim Howe and Gordon Plotkin (1985) The Researcher's Bible

Ronald T. Azuma (2003) Everything I wanted to know about C.S. graduate school
at the beginning but didn't learn until later

Richard Butterworth (1998) I did a PhD and did NOT go mad

September 16, 2010

Lecture 2

Planning your Doctoral Studies


Hassan Karimi

David Chapman (1988) How to do Research At the MIT AI Lab

Marie desJardins (1994) How to Be a Good Graduate Student
Also published as How to succeed in graduate school: a guide for students and advisors Crossroads,Volume 14 , Issue 4 (June 2008) Pages 5-9

Diana Bental (1992) Thesis prevention: Advice to phd supervisors AISB Quarterly No. 80

Philip Guo (2012) The Ph.D. Grind: A Ph.D. student Memoir


September 23, 2010

Lecture 3


A Broader view on Your Research Life

Video: Desires and Diversions. Allan Newell


Peter Brusilovsky


Richard Hamming. You And Your Research. Transcription of the Bell Communications Research Colloquium Seminar, 7 March 1986


September 24, 2010

External Lecture

Conducting Research on the Internet: Emerging Ethical, Regulatory, and Practical Considerations

Slides | Video

Dr. Elizabeth Buchanan


Buchanan, E. and Hvizdak, E. (2009). Online Survey Tools: Ethical and Methodological Concerns of Human Research Ethics Committees. Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics (JERHRE) 4(2), 37-48.


September 30, 2010

No Lecture





October 7, 2010

Lecture 4


The Working of Scientific Enterprise


Geoffrey C. Bowker

David Goodstein How Science Works

How Science Really Works, University of California, Berkeley

J. Paul Peter & Jerry C. Olson. Is Science Marketing? Journal of Marketing, 47, 111-125, 1983

Norbert L. Kerr HARKing: Hypothesizing After the Results are Known. Personality and Social Psychology Review, Vol. 2, No. 3, 196-217 1998


October 14, 2010

Lecture 5

How to Find a Research Topic


Video: Creativity and Scientific Discovery Herbert A. Simon

Konstantinos Pelechrinis

Shigeto Kawahara Finding research topics Rutgers University

Robert Hampel In Search of New Frontiers: How Scholars Generate Ideas. The Chronicle of Higher Education, Monday, October 5, 2010

Uri Alon, How To Choose a Good Scientific Problem, Molecular Cell (2009), doi:10.1016/j.molcel.2009.09.013


October 16, 2010

External Lecture


The Survival Skills & Ethics Program:

Making Oral Presentations




October 21, 2010

Lecture 6

Attending Complex Adaptive Systems PhD seminar (12:00-1:00pm)

Reference and Search Tools



Thomson Reuters Web of Science Tutorial

University of North Carolina EndNote Tutorial

Wikipedia Impact Factor


October 28, 2010

No Lecture





November 4, 2010


Attending Complex Adaptive Systems PhD seminar (12:00-1:00pm)

Marek Druzdzel



November 11, 2010

Lecture 7

Writing Grant Proposals


Jingtao Wang

Susan Finger Advice on Writing
Proposals to the National Science Foundation

Simon Peyton Jones, Alan BundyWriting a good grant proposal

National Science Foundation A Guide for Proposal Writing

Locke L F, Spirduso W W, & Silverman S J. (1999). Proposals that work (4th ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Magazine presentation: Alawya

Research Idea Paper Due

November 18, 2010

Lecture 8

Attending Complex Adaptive Systems PhD seminar (12:00-1:00pm)

Writing Research Articles


Becker, Howard. (1986). Writing for Social Scientists. Chicago, Chicago University Press.

Richardson, Laurel. (1990). Writing Strategies: Reaching Diverse Audiences. Sage Publications

Zerubavel, Eviatar. (1999). The clockwork muse: A practical guide to writing theses, dissertations and books. Cambridge, Harvard University Press.

Murray, R. (2002). How to write a thesis. Buckingham, Open University Press.

Dunleavy, Patrick. (2003). Authoring a PhD: How to plan, draft ,write and finish a doctoral thesis or dissertation. London, Palgrave.

Magazine presentation: Claudia and Fatimah

November 25, 2010




December 2, 2010

Lecture 11


Peer Review


Jeffrey Jacobson, recent graduate

Juan Miguel Campanario (1996) Have Referees Rejected Some of the Most-Cited Articles of All Times? Journal of the American Society for Information Science, 47(4):302-310, 1996

Bruce D. Shriver (1990) The Benefits of Quality Refereeing. IEEE Computer, pages 10-16, April 1990

Alan Jay Smith (1990) The Task of the Referee. IEEE Computer, pages 65-71, April 1990

Keith Stweard Thomson (1994) Scientific Publishing: An Embarrassment of Riches. American Scientist, 82, 508-511, 1994

Magazine presentation: Monir and Monsak

White Paper Due

December 4, 2010

External Lecture


The Survival Skills & Ethics Program:



Wilbert J. McKeachie (1978). "Teaching Tips: A Guidebook for the Beginning College Teacher." Lexington, MA: D.C. Heath & Co.,17th edition


December 9, 2010

Lecture 11


Time Management

Video: Time Management, Randy Pausch

Michael Lewis

Peter R Drucker Managing Oneself Harward Business Review

David Allen (2002) Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity.Penguin

Magazine presentation: Baoji and Meysam

Research Paper Summary Due

Peer Review Due

Research Paper Summary Presentation

December 16, 2010

Lecture 12


Career Planning



Paul Gray, David E. Drew (2008) What They Didn't Teach You in Graduate School: 199 Helpful Hints for Success in Your Academic Career. Stylus: Sterling, VA

And please, check Online PhD and enjoy PhD Comics!

Final version of research proposal due

Research Proposal Presentation

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