The Doctoral Consortium
The Doctoral Consortium provides an opportunity for doctoral students to explore and develop their research interests in an interdisciplinary session, under the guidance of a panel of distinguished researchers. We invite students who feel they would benefit from this kind of feedback on their dissertation work to apply for this unique opportunity to share their work with students in a similar situation as well as senior researchers in the field. The strongest candidates will be those who have a clear topic and research approach, and have made some progress, but who are not so far along that they can no longer make changes. In addition to stating how you will benefit from participation, both you and your advisor should be clear on what you can contribute to the Doctoral Consortium. The Doctoral Consortium has the following objectives:
-Provide a setting where doctoral students can present their work and meet other students
-Provide feedback on doctoral students’ current research and guidance on future research directions
-Offer each doctoral student comments and fresh perspectives on their work from researchers and doctoral students outside their own institution
-Promote the development of a supportive community of scholars and a spirit of collaborative research
-Contribute to the conference goals through interaction with other researchers and conference events
Preparing and Submitting your Doctoral Consortium Proposal
A Doctoral Consortium proposal must be submitted via the Conference Submission System. The proposal must have the following four components, submitted as a single DOCX / PDF file.
Extended Abstract:(A 4-page research description covering central aspects of your PhD work). Key points include:
-Your situation, i.e., the university doctoral program context in which your work is being conducted
-Context and motivation that drives your dissertation research
-Background/literature review of key works that frames your research
-Hypothesis/thesis and/or problem statement
-Your research approach and methods, including relevant rationale
-Results to date and their validity
-Dissertation status and next steps
-Current and expected contributions
-Appendix 1.A one-paragraph statement of expected benefits of participation for both yourself and the other consortium participants (i.e., what will you contribute as well as gain) (max 1 page)
-Appendix 2.A letter of nomination from your primary dissertation advisor, that addresses the questions posed in the Doctoral Consortium submission details (max 1 page)
-Appendix 3.A concise version of your current Curriculum Vita (1-2 pages)
It is essential for you to ensure that your submission is complete and in accordance with the format and content guidelines for the Doctoral Consortium. Because the Doctoral Consortium Committee expects to receive a large number of applications, submissions that do not meet these requirements will be returned without review.
Doctoral Consortium Selection Process
The review and decision of acceptance will balance many factors. This includes the quality of your proposal, and where you are within your doctoral education program. Candidates who have a clearly developed idea, who are formally considered by their institution to be working on their dissertation, and who still have time to be influenced by participation in the Consortium will receive the strongest consideration. Participants in the Consortium will be selected via a curation process by the Doctoral Consortium Committee.
Although selection will take into account research quality, it will also include many external factors. The goal is to identify a set of students that will benefit significantly from the event and support each other in their growth. As a group, the accepted candidates will exhibit a diversity of backgrounds and topics. Your institution will be taken into account, where we are unlikely to accept more than two students from the same institution and almost certainly will not accept more than one student with the same advisor. Attendees from previous doctoral consortia are strongly discouraged from applying, and should clearly explain how they think attending a second related event would benefit them in a new way.
Submissions should not contain sensitive, private, or proprietary information that cannot be disclosed at publication time. Submissions should NOT be anonymous. However, confidentiality of submissions will be maintained during the review process. All rejected submissions will be kept confidential in perpetuity. All submitted materials for accepted submissions will be kept confidential until the start of the conference, with the exception of title and author information which will be published on the website prior to the conference.
Upon Acceptance of your Doctoral Consortium Proposal
Authors will be notified of acceptance or rejection as per the conference deadlines. Authors of accepted submissions will receive instructions on how to submit their publication-ready copy (which will consist of your extended abstract only), and will receive information about attending the Doctoral Consortium, preparing your presentation and poster, and registering for the conference. Please note that submissions will not be published without a signed form releasing publishing copyright to the WASET.
At the Conference
All participants are expected to attend the Consortium. Students will present an ePoster of their work at the main conference with substantial time allowed for discussion and questions by participating researchers and other students. Although many fine pieces of work have to be rejected due to lack of space, being accepted into the Consortium is an honor, and involves a commitment to giving and receiving thoughtful commentary with an eye towards shaping the field and upcoming participants in the field. Please see the Information for Poster Presenters.
After the Conference
Accepted Doctoral Consortium abstracts will be distributed in the Conference Extended Abstracts, available in the
WASET International Science Index