UCC offers a wide range of engagement activities for postgrduates. The Doctoral Showcase is the highlight of the year, with PhD students from across the university showcasing their work. Please click on the links below for further information.
Guest Workshops for Postgraduate Research Students January 23rd and 24th 2017
The Graduate Studies Office is delighted to offer a series of workshops for research students facilitated by Hugh Kearns of Flinders University, Australia. Hugh regularly lectures at universities across the world and will join us in Cork for two days before delivering workshops at Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, Berkeley and Stanford.
Details for the five workshops are provided below along and early sign-up is advised as places are limited. You are encouraged to attend one or more workshops.
The Seven Secrets of Highly Successful Research Students, Monday 23rd Jan 2017, 9.30 to 12.30, Brookfield Health Sciences Complex Room 1.21
What do research students do to finish on time, to overcome isolation, doubt and writer’s block, and to enjoy the process? And just as importantly what do they do in order to spend guilt-free time with their family and friends and perhaps even have holidays? If this sounds appealing, then this session will be of particular use to you. This workshop describes the key habits that our research and experience with thousands of students shows will make a difference to how quickly and easily you complete your thesis. Just as importantly, these habits can greatly reduce the stress and increase the pleasure involved in completing a research programme. The workshop helps you to understand how to increase your effectiveness and outcomes in the following key areas:
- Dealing with your Supervisor
- Structuring your study time
- Dealing with writer’s block or having difficulty writing
- Getting the help you need when you are stuck
To sign up to the Seven Secrets Workshop click here
The Imposter Syndrome, Monday 23rd January 2017, 1pm to 2pm, Brookfield Health Sciences Complex Room 1.21
How can it be that so many clever, competent and capable people can feel that they are just one step away from being exposed as a complete fraud? Despite evidence that they are performing well they can still have that lurking fear that at any moment someone is going to tap them on the shoulder and say "We need to have a chat". The session will explain why high performing people often doubt their abilities and find it hard to enjoy their successes. It will also show the links to perfectionism and self-handicapping strategies such as procrastination, avoidance and over-commitment. At the end of the session you will
know what the latest psychological research tells us about the imposter syndrome is and how it operates
realise how widespread imposter feelings are and why highly successful people can feel like frauds
be aware of evidence-based strategies that reduce imposter feelings
To sign up to The Imposter Syndrome Workshop click here
Creative Tools You can Use, Monday 23rd January, 2.30pm to 5pm, Brookfield Health Sciences Complex Room 1.21
This workshop will explain how you can use a range of creative thinking tools in your research. It will cover brainstorming, idea mapping, six thinking hats, lateral thinking and more. These tools will allow you to look at problems differently, seek creative solutions and have fun. This workshop will be hands-on so you will have the chance to try out these tools and see how you could apply them in your role.
To sign up to The Creative Tools Workshop click here
The Balanced Researcher, Tuesday 24th January, 9.30am to 12.30pm, Brookfield Health Sciences Complex Room 1.22
So you're a researcher. Chances are then that you are pretty busy. Firstly there's your research. Writing proposals. Getting ethics approval. Dealing with the paperwork. Meetings. Applying for grants. Getting grants and then managing the money and the people. Writing reports. And that's all before you even get to the actual research. Then there's papers to write, rejection letters to deal with and conferences to attend. And for most people research is just one of the things you do. You might teach or tutor, run demonstrations, or manage a unit or even have another completely different job. And that's just work. No matter how much you enjoy your research it's a fair bet that there are other parts to your life too. For example you probably have a family or friends, you may have social commitments and you may even have some personal interests. This workshop will describe the most useful strategies that thousands of researchers have found helpful in balancing the many demands on their time.
To sign up to The Balanced Researcher Workshop click here
Turbocharge Your Writing, Tuesday 24th January, 2pm to 5pm, Brookfield Health Sciences Complex Room G.02
Would you like to know the secret to high output, low stress scholarly writing? In academia it is often assumed that writing comes naturally. However, an overwhelming body of research shows that there are very clear and practical strategies that can greatly increase your writing productivity. This workshop will help you to understand:
- how we deliberately use distractions to slow down writing
- the principles of quick starting
- how to deal with destructive internal beliefs
- how to set a writing plan and stick to it
- how to set achievable goals by writing in a silo
- how to greatly increase the number of actual words you produce
- how to clarify your thinking, and improve the quality of your work
To sign up to The Turbocharge Your Workshop click here
UCC POSTGRADUATE RESEARCH SHOWCASE AWARDS 2016
Congratulations to all our winners and finalists!
|The Grand Plan|
1st Prize: Kathleen Ryan (Applied Psychology): Mind full or Mindfull? The impact of mindfulness on Irish Primary School Children.
2nd Prize: Nora McCarthy (Business Information Systems): Decisions, decisions, but how to decide? The need for training in decision making.
|Three Minute Masters|
1st Prize: Jennifer Halpin (Chemistry): Using Sunlight and Water to Power the Future.
|Three Minute Thesis|
1st Prize: Ashutosh Tank (Process and Chemical Engineering): Tomatoes are from Mars, Strawberries are from Venus, Modified Atmosphere Packaging saved them on Earth….!
2nd Prize: Darren Reidy (Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences): Swimming with the Enemy; Getting to know the Aliens in our Rivers and Lakes.
Tweesis: Anne M. McAuliffe.
Impact: Kathleen Ryan (Applied Psychology): Mind full or Mindfull? The impact of mindfulness on Irish Primary School Children.
Clearest Explanation of Complex Topic: Jennifer Halpin (Chemistry): Using Sunlight and Water to Power the Future.
Best Punchy Ending (Punchiest Ending Of All): Nora McCarthy (Business Information Systems): Decisions, decisions, but how to decide? The need for training in decision making.
Best Use of Analogy: Elaine Enright (School of Pharmacy and APC Microbiome Institute): Gut Bacteria and Medicines: to bug, or not to bug – that is the question.
Best Combination of Slide and Word: Darren Reidy (Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences): Swimming with the Enemy; Getting to know the Aliens in our Rivers and Lakes.
Poseidon Award: Greg Beechinor (Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences): Treating Drinking Water: Getting sand and microbes to do the work.
Best Celebrity Cameo: Saroj Kanta Patra (Electrical Engineering Tyndall): Nitride Quantum dots might solve Cameron and Messi's problem by combining apple and orange.
The Postgraduate Research Showcase was held on the 24th May, 2016 in the Aula Maxima, UCC.
Congratulation to all our winners and finalists 2015!
The Grand Plan
Sreeram Udayan (Biochemistry and Cell Biology): The Good the Bad and the Inflammatory
Joint 2nd Prize
Rebecca Newman (Biological Earth and Environmental Sciences): Monkey Moguls; Cork Monkeys Setting the Standard for European Monkey Business
Jasenka Jones (English): Memorializing the Self: Death and the Digital
Ruairi Robertson (Microbiology): Food for Thought
Evin Allen (Pharmacy): Fail to Prepare, Prepare to Fail; Flu Vaccines get the Roy Keane Treatment
Scotty Walsh (Drama and Theatre Studies): Do We Think Like We Think We Do?
Three Minute Thesis
Eileen Curran (Obstetrics and Gynaecology): Dissecting C Section
Marica Cassarino (Applied Psychology): It Takes Two to Tango; Person-Environoment Interactions Influence Cognitive Ageing
Siobhan O'Neill: Stressed and Sleepy Teens Makes Adolescence Tough, Health Issues Emerge and the Waistline Increases. Associations Between the Four
The Doctoral Research Showcase was held on the 26th May 2015 in the Aula Max, UCC.
The schedule for the event is available here: Schedule for Doctoral Showcase
Doctoral students across all Disciplines presented their research at the 2014 Showcase on Tuesday 10th June 2014 in the Aula Maxima.
|WINNERS OF THE DOCTORAL SHOWCASE|
The Grand Plan
1st Michael O'Sullivan, Dept. Computer Sciences 2013
2nd Gillian Murphy, Dept. Applied Psychology 2013
Fergus McAuliffe, School of Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences 2013
Joint 1st Matthew Williams, Dept. Geography 2013
Joint 1st Wesley Van Oeffelen, Clinical and Translational Research 2013
Three Minute Thesis
1st Una Nation, Dept. Education 2013
2nd Lynne Marsh, School of Nursing and Midwifery 2013
|VIDEOS/PHOTOS OF PREVIOUS DOCTORAL SHOWCASES|
The Survival Guide 3rd December 2015 BHSC102
Coming close to submitting your PhD thesis or approaching your oral (viva voce) examination? After all these years of work and study, the end is in sight, but one major hurdle remains – the viva voce examination. The PhD viva is the internationally recognised means of determining whether a PhD degree should be awarded, and tests whether a PhD candidate is able to engage in high-level discussion on their thesis with examiners from within and outside UCC who are expert in the field.
To help students prepare for the viva and understand what is involved in thesis submission and examination, a workshop will be held in Brookfield Health Sciences Complex from 10.00am – 1.00pm on Thursday 3rd December. This workshop is particularly aimed at students in the Colleges of Science Engineering and Food Science; Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences; and Medicine and Health; and will include the following topics:
- The function of the viva voce examination
- The procedures for thesis submission and examination
- The examiners’ role in the viva
- Students’ experiences of their own vivas
- Case studies of how to handle your viva
- After the viva – from examination to graduation
The workshop will be facilitated by the Dean of Graduate Studies, Professor Liam Marnane, Helen Buckley (Graduate Studies Office), Breda Herlihy (Boole Library), Deirdre Parker (Careers Service) and Dr Sonia Monteiro (Research Office) along with contributions from a number of students who have recently had a viva.
CORA Cork Open Research Archive
Vitae (UK website targeted to researchers)
This workshop aims to help PhD students when the time for submission of the thesis is within sight, and co-ordination and planning in the final 6-9 months is critical to ensure timely submission of a good thesis.
This workshop covers topics such as the following:
- Planning and structuring the thesis
- Use of project management and planning tools to keep yourself on track
- Handling feedback and revision
- Key milestones and requirements to be completed before thesis submission
- Registration and administrative issues associated with the final stages
Presentations from previous workshops are availabe to download using the following links:
Turbocharge Your Writing and The 7 Secrets of Highly Successful Research Students worskshops
Dr Hugh Kearns from Flinders University in Adelaide facilitated at the following workshops aimed at PhD students in UCC.
Presentations from the Hugh Kearns workshops are available to download here:
The Turbocharge workshop aimed to instruct PhD students on the secret to high-output, low-stress Scholarly writing. The workshops also helped students to understand in a way tailored to your stage of your PhD:
Why it's hard to get started
How we deliberately use distractions to slow down writing
The principles of quick starting
How to deal with destructive internal beliefs
How to set a writing plan and stick to it
How to set achievable goals by writing in a silo
How to greatly increase the number of actual words you produce
How to clarify your thinking, and improve the quality of your work
The 7 Secrets of Highly Successful Postgraduate Students covered aspects such as what are the things that research students do to finish on time, to overcome isolation, doubt and writers’ block, and to enjoy the process? And just as importantly what do they do in order to spend guilt-free time with their family and friends and perhaps even have holidays. The 7 Secrets of Highly Successful Postgraduate Students will described the key habits that will make a difference to how quickly and easily a student can complete their research degree. Just as importantly, it introduced the 7 habits these habits can greatly reduce the stress and increase the pleasure involved in completing postgraduate study. The course aimed to help PhD students to understand how to increase your effectiveness and outcomes in the following key areas:
How you deal with your supervisor
How you structure your study time
Your attitude in relation to your PhD
Dealing with writer’s block or having difficulty writing
Getting the help you need when you are stuck
The Boolean: Snapshots of Student’s Research at University College Cork, Volume 5
Would you like your research to get more exposure?
Would you like to reach a wider audience?
Would you like to write a short article about your research?
Publishing an article in The Boolean is a fantastic opportunity for you. This year is particularly significant as we celebrate the 200th anniversary of George Boole, this is a further opportunity to promote the calibre of digital thinking and diverse research projects at our University. The 5th volume of this journal will be launched to coincide with Boole Day in November, the culmination of over a year of technical, historical and educational outreach at UCC.
UCC’s research students are invited to submit short articles on their research which are to be accessible to a non-specialist audience, both within and outside UCC, for consideration for publication in The Boolean, Volume 5.
To submit you need to submit your title and a short abstract (less than 200 words) to firstname.lastname@example.org before the 14th of May 2015. Remember to word your abstract so that it is readable by those outside your area of expertise. Make it jargon free and be sure to have a snappy title. Do check out http://theboolean.ie for inspiration!
A workshop will be held on the 21st of May to provide further information with regard to the submission of articles.