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  GE 690: ACADEMIC PRACTICES  
 
April 2011 Announcement

This course aims to contribute to the preparation of doctoral students for their academic careers. It includes a series of independent modules that are offered or activities that can be participated in throughout the academic year. To that end, the University will be offering a series of workshops, short courses, and seminars in the Fall and Spring semesters.

All doctoral students are required to participate in a set of activities before they graduate. The participation in this set of activities will contribute towards the completion of the required course GE 690. Each student is expected to keep a file that will be her/his personal "Academic Preparation" portfolio to maintain a record of the activities participated in.

GE 690 activities consist of a series of modules. The modules are independent of each other. Each student is required to participate in each module. Some modules will be offered in the Fall semester, others in the Spring semester. Some, but not all, may be repeated each semester. You are strongly advised to take a particular module as soon as it is offered – there may or may not be another opportunity soon. You are required to participate in each module once and only once during your doctoral studies.


GE 690 Seminars Scheduled for Spring 2011 Semester

Each doctoral student who expects to graduate before June 2011 is required to participate in Modules IV, V (see below) in April and May 2011, and in Modules I and III /see below) during the same period, unless they have completed the requirements last semester. Each doctoral student who expects to graduate before January 2012 is required to participate in Modules I, IV, V (see below) in April and May 2011 and in Module III anytime during the Spring Semester of 2010-2011 academic year or Fall Semester of 2011-2012 academic year.

The students who do not reside in Ankara can be exempted from any Modules except Module III. Such exemption is possible with the student’s request to the Department Chair and the written approval of the Department Chair and the Dean.

Any doctoral student who has passed the comprehensives and who has defended his/her proposal is recommended to take advantage of this opportunity and participate too. But, if s/he cannot do it this academic year, then s/he can do it next academic year, 2011-2012.

Modules I, IV and V are organized by the Provost Office. Module III is to be organized by the student herself/himself together with his/her department.

Each student is expected to obtain some evidence of your participation in each and every activity and keep it in their personal "Academic Preparation" portfolio.

How to register: E-mail Ms. Birgül Bulut at bbulut@bilkent.edu.tr to register for the option of your choice within Modules I, IV, and V.

MODULE I: "Academic Ethics and Integrity" by Prof. Abdullah Atalar

Participate during the following time slot.

Time & Place:
May 2nd, Monday, 10:40-12:00, FB 05, Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture



MODULE III: Participation at seminars/presentations regularly held by Departments and Faculties

This module requires the students participation in a set of research seminars and/or scholarly talks and presentations regularly held by the student’s own department or another department of his/her choice. Students most probably already attend such seminars/talks. The total number of seminars/talks to be attended is to be decided by the Department. One model could be a total of four seminars/talks, two per semester. Departments can decide to require fewer or more.

To be arranged by the student herself/himself together with the Departments.



Please participate in one of the following modules, depending on your research field.

MODULE IV A): "Research Impact for Social Sciences and Related Fields" by Dr. Selin Sayek Böke

How to generate impact in the field? How can you make your voice heard and your findings visible? How to publish not to perish? Where to publish? What should you expect from the publication process? Why should I care for an extended research family when I am happy with my nucleus research family? How to become part of the international research family? This module will explore these issues and many other related questions.

Participate during the following time slot.

Time & Place:
May 6th, Friday, 10:00-12:00, at FB 05, Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture

MODULE IV B): "Research Impact for Sciences and Engineering" by Prof. Adnan Akay How to generate impact in the field? How can you make your voice heard and your findings visible? How to publish not to perish? Where to publish? What should you expect from the publication process? Why should I care for an extended research family when I am happy with my nucleus research family? How to become part of the international research family? This module will explore these issues and many other related questions.

Participate during the following time slot.

Time & Place:
April 21st, Thursday, 15:00-16:30, at Mithat Çoruh Amphitheatre, EA Building



MODULE V: "How Can the Library Help Your Doctoral Research: Resources and Techniques" by Dr. David E. Thornton

This workshop is intended to introduce the library services and resources (print and electronic), and demonstrate how they can help doctoral students in all stages of researching and writing a thesis. Topics covered will include: choosing your topic and determining "what’s been done" already; finding new resources; accessing new resources; organizing and managing your resources; staying up-to-date; and, finally putting it all together and preparing your dissertation.

Participate during one of the following time slots.

Time & Place:
V.A. April 26th, Tuesday, 10:00-11:30, at Orientation Room, Main Campus Library
OR
V.B. April 27th, Wednesday, 10:00-11:30, at Orientation Room, Main Campus Library