DOCTORAL COLLOQUIUM

Doctoral Colloquium at the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Association of Information Science and Technology

Sunday, 9 November, 2018 – 8:30-12:30
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Important dates:
Deadline for submission: Friday, 25 May, 2018
Decisions made: Friday, 29 June, 2018 

We invite doctoral students to participate in the 2018 ASIS&T Doctoral Colloquium, which will take place as part of the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Association of Information Science and Technology in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. This half-day event is intended for doctoral students in the later stages of dissertation research, including, students who are post-proposal, or who have a completed research design, or begun data collection and analysis, or who have defended their dissertations before the conference. Pre-proposal students will also be considered. The conference registration fee will be waived for students accepted for the Doctoral Colloquium. The goals of the 2018 ASIS&T Doctoral Colloquium are to provide doctoral students with a supportive and critical learning opportunity to discuss their work, highlight theoretical and methodological problems/issues for further discussion and inquiry with senior mentors and Colloquium participants. As in previous years, the organizers will invite a group of prominent professors and experts to serve as mentors during the Doctoral Colloquium. Participants will have the opportunity to receive feedback and comments about their work in one-on-one sessions with mentors. There will also be an opportunity for an open discussion session where students can ask the mentors questions about the job search, managing an academic career, developing and maintaining a research agenda, and other topics of interest. Another goal of the Colloquium is to develop a supportive community within which students can begin to develop professional network, interacting with peers and senior scholars in information science and related disciplines.

How to apply: Students should submit a nomination letter from their advisors or chairs and a five-page essay (in English, including references) describing their PhD research proposal or dissertation project electronically via the conference submission system. The submission should have the nominating letter followed by the essay. All application essays submitted to the Doctoral Colloquium will undergo a thorough reviewing process with a view to providing detailed and constructive feedback. The Doctoral Colloquium program committee will select the best 20 submissions for participation. The student winners of the ASIS&T proposal and dissertation of the year awards will be invited to the Colloquium without a submission.

Please address each of the following questions:

1. Problem statement: What is the problem that you are addressing?

2. Relevance: Why is the problem important?

3. Related work: How have others attempted to address this problem?

4. Research question(s): What are the research questions that you plan to address?

5. Approach: How are you planning to address your research questions?

6. Evaluation plan: How will you measure your success – faster/more accurate/less failures/etc.?

7. Preliminary results: Do you have any preliminary results that demonstrate that your approach is promising?

8. Implications: What are the theoretical, methodological and practical contributions of your work?

Additionally, all submissions must be single-author. The application essay will not be published. Students accepted to attend the Doctoral Colloquium must plan to attend the full Doctoral Colloquium on Sunday, 9 November, 2018 and the Student Awards Session in order to gain as much value as possible from the experience. Submit the completed application essay to the conference review system at: https://www.conftool.com/ASIST2018/.

If you have questions, please contact the colloquium organizers:
Dr. Howard Rosenbaum           
Dr. Pnina Fichman                
School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering Indiana University