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Doctoral Colloquium

Call for Participation

We invite doctoral students to participate in the 2020 ASIS&T Doctoral Colloquium, which will take place as part of the 2020 Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science and Technology in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Saturday, October 24, 2020 from 1:00-5:00 p.m.. This half-day event is intended for doctoral students in the later stages of dissertation research, i.e., students who are post-proposal, begun data collection and analysis, are writing, or have defended their dissertations before the conference. Students who are writing their proposals and have a completed research design will also be considered.

The goals of the 2020 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 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 a professional network, interacting with peers and senior scholars in information science and related disciplines.

Individuals selected for the Doctoral Colloquium will receive complimentary registration to the Annual Meeting.  They will also be assigned to work for 10 service hours during the Annual Meeting to staff sessions and provide other support as needed. This service component provides the students leadership experience, professional networking and visibility, knowledge about association work and its organization, and scholarly community building.

How to Apply

Students should submit a nomination letter from their advisor or chair and a five-page essay (in English, including references) describing their PhD research proposal or dissertation project.  The submission needs to be submitted  electronically using  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 15 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 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. Methodology: 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, practical, and societal contributions of your work?

Additionally, all submissions must be single-author. The application essay will not be published. Students accepted must plan to attend the full Doctoral Colloquium on Saturday, October 24, 2020 and the Student Award Winner Paper session, and work their service hours in order to gain as much value as possible from the experience.

Submit the completed application essay to the conference review system at:

Important Dates:

Deadline for submission: Closed
Decisions made: July 17, 2020

If you have questions, please contact the Doctoral Colloquium organizers:

Dr. Howard Rosenbaum, Luddy School of Informatics, Computing and Engineering
Dr. Pnina Fichman, Indiana University
Dr. Jaya Raju, Department of Knowledge and Information Stewardship