UPE ROUND TABLE:
Are you a person who wants to learn/discover
something new? Are you a person who is curious about how things work? Are you
fascinated by a particular topic and want to learn more about it?
If you answered ‘Yes’ for any of the above questions, then you are an ideal candidate to pursue a PhD.
To help students make an informed decision about pursuing a PhD, UPE organized ‘PhD Round table discussion – Should I get a PhD?’ on Oct 29th 2015 at CDM. The event had a panel of four professors: Dr. Bamshad Mobasher, Dr. Jane Cleland-Huang, Dr. Nichole Pinkhard, Dr. Jonathan Gemmell and two current PhD students. The event was attended by around 20 students.
The event kicked off with the individual introductions by the professors and their current research areas. The panel members also shared what inspired them to pursue PhD and their experiences in mentoring current PhD students. The event provided a platform to discuss different questions that students had about pursuing a PhD. The overview of topics discussed during the event is summarized below
“Creativity is intelligence having fun”
- Albert Einstein
The process of conceiving an idea in our mind to solve a problem and making it work in reality is creativity combined with intellect. PhD helps students combine their creativity and intellect in an organized and efficient way.
What is a PhD?
PhD is a globally recognized postgraduate academic degree awarded by universities to candidates who have demonstrated proficiency in a broad area of learning. PhD shows the candidate’s potential to explore and advance his/her field of knowledge by independent research.
PhD Admission requirements
In general, students would be required to submit their transcripts, Statement of Purpose, Letters of recommendation, Curriculum Vitae/Resume
PhD funding opportunities
GAAN scholarship (Details to be included)
Choosing an advisor
Working with the right advisor is crucial to make quick progress. Things to consider when choosing the advisor
1. Advisor’s Research area
2. Publication record
3. Availability of fully funded projects
At the end, it is just finding a good match between your interests and skillset to professor’s current research. Hence having one-one conversation with the professors would help in getting a well suited advisor. Current graduate students can work with professors on a capstone or research project which could help in choosing advisors.
The number of years required to complete PhD varies with each person. Full time PhD students typically take 4 – 5 years. Part-time students may take 7 – 10 years.
Overall it was an informative event that exposed students to different aspects of PhD. On behalf of UPE, we would like to thank all the professors from the panel for their time and useful advice. This event would not have been possible without the support of the students and hence we thank each and every student who attended the event.
For more information on PhD, please visit http://www.depaul.edu/university-catalog/colleges-and-schools/class/academics/graduate/Pages/doctoral-programs.aspx
Please feel free to send in any questions about PhD to the panelists or UPE.
Dr. Bamshad Mobasher | email@example.com | http://facweb.cs.depaul.edu/mobasher/
Dr. Jane Cleland-Huang | firstname.lastname@example.org | http://re.cs.depaul.edu/
Dr. Nichole Pinkard | email@example.com | http://www.digitalyouthnetwork.org/
Dr. Jonathan Gemmell | firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact us @ email@example.com | Twitter: @DePaulUPE | Facebook: DePaulUPE
UP COMING EVENTS
Ph.D 101 ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION: SHOULD I GET A PH.D?
Thursday October 29th 2015, 4:00PM – 5:30 PM @ CDM 924
This round-table will offer potential PhD students the
COMPUTER SCIENCE EDUCATION WEEK, HOUR OF CODE
June December 7th - 13th 2015
Upsilon Pi Epsilon is proud to be a part of the “Hour of Code” movement
Join the Spring UPE Board MeetingsUPE Board meetings are held every Wednesday from 12:00-1:00 p.m.
in the Millenium Boardroom (CDM 723).
All UPE members are welcome to attend.