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INFSCI 3005 - Introduction to Doctoral Studies

(Fall 2020, CRN 21487)

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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

August 20, 2020

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

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

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

And please, enjoy PhD Comics!

August 27, 2020

Lecture 2

Planning your Doctoral Studies


Lingfei Wu

(Start at 1:00pm)

Morgan Frank

(Start at 1:20pm)

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

Marie desJardins (2008) How to succeed in graduate school: a guide for students and advisors

  • Part 1: Crossroads,Volume 1, Issue 2 (December 1994)
  • Part 2: Crossroads,Volume 14 , Issue 4 (June 2008)

Matt Might The Illustrated Guide to a Ph.D.

Jamie Hipp 10 Tips for New Doctoral Students

For future reading: Debora J. Bell, Sharon L. Foster, and John D. Cone (2020) Dissertations and Theses From Start to Finish, APA


September 3, 2020

Lecture 3




Min Chi

(Start at 12:10pm)

Susanne Ulm How To Improve The Presentation Skills Of PhD Students (main readings)

Patricia GoslingBart Noordam Mastering Your Ph.D.: Giving a Great Presentation Science, Oct. 20, 2006

Christine Kelly Mastering the Art of Presenting Inside Higher Ed, February 6, 2017

Noreen Watson Public speaking and graduate school, American Psychological Association, March 2014

How to make a good presentation

Jason Shen How to Dramatically Improve your Public Speaking Skills, January 8, 2018

PhD Comics: Seminar Bingo

For future readings: Julius Loewenstein PUBLIC SPEAKING - Speaking like a Professional: How to become a better speaker, present yourself convincingly and increase your self-confidence through successful communication

Allison Gaffey The elevator pitch American Psychological Association, June 2014

How to Write a PhD Elevator Pitch

For future readings: Fred Miller NO SWEAT Elevator Speech!: Expanded Edition

For Future readings: Chris O'Leary Elevator Pitch Essentials


September 10, 2020

Lecture 4


The Working of Scientific Enterprise


Video: Race to Catch a Buckyball [1-2-3-4]

Xiaowei Jia

(Start at 1pm)

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

The A-Z’s of predatory publishing


September 17, 2020

Lecture 5

How to Find a Research Question


Video: Creativity and Scientific Discovery Herbert A. Simon

Adriana Kovashka

(Start at 1pm)

Raul E. Valdes-Perez Personal Recollections from 15 years of Monthly Meetings [with Herbert Simon]

Pat Langley Heuristics for Scientific Discovery: The Legacy of Herbert Simon

Shigeto Kawahara Finding research topics Keio University

Don Davis Thesis Research: Where do I Start? Columbia University

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

Robert Hampel In Search of New Frontiers: How Scholars Generate Ideas. The Chronicle of Higher Education, December 19, 2008

Herbert A. Simon (2001) Creativity in the Arts and the Sciences. The Kenyon Review, New Series, Vol. 23, No. 2, Cultures of Creativity: The Centennial Celebration of the Nobel Prizes (Spring, 2001), pp. 203-220 (18 pages)


September 24, 2020

Lecture 6-1

Reference and Search Tools 1


Research Idea "Elevator Speech" Presentation

Sera Linardi

(Start at 1pm)

Thomson Reuters Web of Science Tutorial

University of North Carolina EndNote Tutorial

Research Idea Paper Due

October 1, 2020

Lecture 6-2

Reference and Search Tools 2


Research Paper Summary Presentation

Malihe Alikhani

Wikipedia Impact Factor, H-Index

Teixeira da Silva, J.A. & Dobranszki, J. : Multiple versions of the h-index: cautionary use for formal academic purposes. Scientometrics, May 2018, Volume 115, Issue 2, pp 1107-1113

Research Paper Summary Due

October 8, 2020

Lecture 7

Writing Grant Proposals

Amy Babay

Susan Finger Advice on Writing Proposals to the National Science Foundation

Michael LesieckiHow to Write a Winning NSF Proposal

Kate Viera Planning and Writing a Grant Proposal

Lisa Chasan-Taber 10 Tips for Successful Grant Writing, The Chronicle of Higher Education

Alice L Ruhnke Be a Standout: 10 Tips for Writing Grant Proposals that Get Funded

For Future Reading: National Science Foundation A Guide for Proposal Writing

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


October 15, 2020

Lecture 8

Writing Research Articles


Jacob Biehl

Michael Ernst (2005) How to write a technical paper

Beth A. Fischer and Michael J. Zigmond Twenty steps to writing a research article. University of Pittsburgh

Writing a journal article. Tailor and Francis

How to write a first class paper. Nature, 2018

How to write a journal article: Tips and Tools. Canadian Science Publishing

For future reading: Becker, Howard (1986). Writing for Social Scientists. Chicago, Chicago University Press.

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

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

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

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

For future reading: Chris A. Mack (2018) How to wring a good scientific paper. Bellingham, WA, SPIE Press

White Paper Due

October 22, 2020

Lecture 9




Michael Colaresi

(Start at 12:10pm)

Kate Bradley (2009) Teaching as a PhD student

Melanie Newport Teaching Tips for Graduate Students

Amy J. Ko (2020) Informatics Teaching Guide

Shelia M. Kennison, Rachel H. Messer and C. Daniel Hornyik (2013) Tips for the First-Time Graduate Student Instructor

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


October 29, 2020

Lecture 10


Time Management

Video: Time Management Randy Pausch

Erin Walker

(Start at 1pm)

Peter R Drucker Managing Oneself Harward Business Review

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

Getting Things Done (GTD) Method + The 8 Best GTD Apps of 2020

Getting Things Done (GTD) Method and 20 Best GTD Apps & Tools

The Getting Things Done (GTD) Method + 14 Best GTD Apps in 2020

Reviews for the White Paper Due

November 5, 2020

Lecture 11


Peer Review


Branislav Kveton

Wikipedia Peer Review

Joshua A Hirsch et al. (2017) The peer review process: a primer for JNIS readers, Journal of neurointerventional surgery, Vol.9 (e1), p.e3-e6

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

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

Fytton Rowland (2002) The peer-review process Learned Publishing, 15 (4), p.247-258

Laxmaiah Manchikanti et al. (2015) Medical journal peer review: process and bias, Pain Physician, 8(1):E1-E14.

First version of the final research proposal due

November 12, 2020

Lecture 12


Career Planning


Video: Some Keys to a Successful Career
Kenneth Olden

Kayhan Batmanghelich

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

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

Nick Rushby On being an editor, British Journal of Educational Technology Vol 46 No 4 2015 681–683

Anderson, K.K. (2014) The Editor—a vital role we barely talk about anymore The Scholarly Kitchen.

Peer reviews for research proposals due

November 19, 2020

Lecture 13

Ethics in Science


Seong Jae Hwang

Alexandra Gedrose 5 Psychological Experiments That Prove Humanity is Doomed

David B. Rescnick (1998) The Ethics in Science: An Introduction. Routledge, London

November 26, 2020


Video: Desires and Diversions. Allan Newell


Allen Newell

Video: Desires and Diversions



December 3, 2020

Lecture 14


Research Project Presentation


Final version of research proposal due

Research Proposal Presentation

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