Doctoral Colloquium at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Association of Information Science and Technology

Copenhagen, Denmark
October 18, 2016

We invite doctoral students to participate in the 2016 ASIS&T Doctoral Colloquium, which will take place as part of the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Association of Information Science and Technology in Copenhagen, Denmark. This event, replacing the previous ASIST doctoral colloquium, is intended for those of you in the later stages of your dissertation research; this means that you are, for example, post-proposal, or have a completed research design, or have begun data collection. The purpose of this doctoral colloquium is to provide a forum in which you can discuss and receive feedback on your research and career plans from senior scholars in our field. Participation in the Colloquium is included in the conference registration fee.

Description

Two main goals of the 2016 ASIS&T Doctoral Colloquium are to provide you with a supportive and critical learning opportunity to discuss your work in progress and to receive feedback and guidance from senior information science scholars. You will present your dissertation research and can highlight theoretical and methodological problems/issues for further discussion and inquiry both with senior mentors and other Colloquium participants. There will also be an opportunity for an open discussion session where you can ask mentors questions about career options, the job search, managing your future career, and other topics of interest.

Another goal is to develop a supportive community within which you can begin to develop your professional network by interacting with peers and senior scholars in information science.  The organizers will invite a group of prominent professors and experts to serve as mentors during the Doctoral Colloquium.

To benefit from the Doctoral Colloquium, you should be a PhD student, and be in the post-proposal stage of your dissertation research or have a completed research design, or have begun data collection; this way, participants and mentors may be of help in shaping and framing the analysis and theory development activities.

How to submit

All proposals 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 submissions for participation. The student winners of the ASIS&T Thomson Reuters Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Scholarship and ProQuest Doctoral Dissertation Award will be invited to the Colloquium without a submission. We expect to accept a total of 15 participants.

Submit a nomination letter from your dissertation advisor or chair and a five-page description (in English, single-spaced, Times New Roman font size 12) of your PhD research proposal or dissertation project electronically via the conference submission system at https://www.conftool.pro/asist2016/. Your description should address each of the following questions:

1. Problem statement: What is the problem that you are addressing?
2. Relevance: Why the problem is 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?
9. What benefits do you wish to obtain from participating in the doctoral colloquium?

Additionally, all submissions must be single-author. Please acknowledge your PhD advisor(s) and other contributors in an Acknowledgements section in your application statement. Your application statement will not be published. Students accepted to present at the Doctoral Colloquium must plan to attend the full Doctoral Colloquium in order to gain as much value as possible from the experience.

Important dates

Deadline for submission: July 15
Decisions made: August 1

If you have questions, please contact the Colloquium organizers

Dr. Howard Rosenbaum
hrosenba@indiana.edu

Dr. Pnina Fichman
fichman@indiana.edu

Doctoral Colloquium Committee

Dr. Howard Rosenbaum
School of Informatics and Computing
Indiana University

Dr. Pnina Fichman
School of Informatics and Computing
Indiana University

Dr. Diane Sonnenwald
Royal School of Library and Information Science
University of Copenhagen

Dr. Stephen Downie
Graduate School of Library and Information Science
University of Illinois

Dr. Catherine Blake
Graduate School of Library and Information Science
University of Illinois