You will learn what research is: goals, methods, novelty, quality, impact and dissemination. You will get hands-on experience in doing research, where you learn how to formulate, test and evaluate scientific hypothesis and how to create new knowledge.
TECH Talents Research is targeted at students in their 1st or 2nd semester of an MSc programme. Hence, the duration can be either 1.5 or 2 years.
An average grade of 10 is a prerequisite for application.
The objective of TECH Talents is to breed the new generation of researchers and developers from AAU. As such, it will create an environment driven by high ambitions in which you – individually or as part of a group - work with topics that have research timeliness and relevance, as well as high chances to produce research results and outputs that can be presented in top conferences and journals.
The main objective is that you learn what research is: goals, methods, novelty, quality, impact and dissemination. TECH Talents Research gives hands-on experience of doing research, and you will learn how to formulate, test and evaluate scientific hypotheses and how they create a new knowledge. You will be made a part of a research environment in which you interact with other researchers.
The output of a research project that spans one, maximum two, semesters is a research article. The research article does not necessarily need to be accepted by the end of the semester/research project, but it needs to be at least submitted and, optionally, put on some of the open access databases, such as Arxiv. Interdisciplinarity is not a requirement, but you should consider merging different disciplines in your project.
Two types of research projects will be considered
- Proposed by your supervisor through which you become part of a research environment
- You propose your own idea and look for a faculty member who will accept the role as your supervisor
The project can be run individually by a single student or in a group of two students. If a research project requires more students and the students are willing to have a group of more than two, then a statement from the supervisor is needed. This can be the case regarding, for example, research projects based on elaborate experimental work.
The Faculty may offer direct economic support or, alternatively, guidance in how to apply for economic support that makes it possible to cover some of your expenses related to attend a conference/workshop or publish an article.
PRELIMINARY PROGRAMME FOR THE RESEARCH TALENT
When you participate in TECH Talents Research you participate in:
- The objective is to introduce you to the research methodology. Ideally, you become part of your supervisor’s research team and are assigned a research task within an ongoing research effort. The task should be defined broadly enough to allow actual research contribution by you, but the direction will be steered in close collaboration withyour supervisor. Your research must be summarised into a research paper delivered at the end of the semester, suitable at least for a conference/letter publication.
- You must take your research to the next stage. In other words, you are expected to propose a research extension of the work done in the previous semester. Typically, if this work has been submitted to a conference or a letter, you may make a journal extension. If the extension is methodologically different, another supervisor may become involved.
- You are expected to carry out an extended master’s thesis. You propose the research direction and refine it in collaboration with your team of supervisors.
RESEARCH SEMINAR ACTIVITIES
In TECH Talents Research a series of seminars and the like will support your development over the course of the two years. These seminars are all one-day events organised for the entire group of Tech Talent REP students across the different master programmes.
EVALUATION OF THE LEARNING PROCESS
A formal evaluation of the learning process takes place twice per semester. The first happens in the middle of the semester between the supervisor and yourself, while at the end of the semester, evaluation is carried out by you, your supervisor and one more person from AAU’s academic staff. The following points are evaluated, based on the current state of the project:
- Goals: Are the research goals relevant? Reevaluation/changes to the original research goals and scope are possible based on the current status of the process.
- Novelty and impact: How timely is the research problem? Has anything changed since the beginning of the project that would require redefinition of its scope and goals? Can the impact be improved by slightly redefining the scope/goals? This is normal in any research project.
- Methods: Are the methods used the right ones and are there other methodologies/expertize that can be of help.
- Quality: Is the process at an academic level that corresponds to high research requirements?
- Dissemination: What is the publishability of the current work and what needs to be done to bring it to a solid scientific submission. The venues (workshops/conferences/journals) to submit the work should also be evaluated.
AFTER EACH SEMESTER, THERE IS AN OPTION TO TAKE A STUDENT OUT OF THE TECH TALENTS PROGRAMME, IF HIS OR HER AVERAGE GRADE IS BELOW 10 OR THERE IS A WELL-MOTIVATED STATEMENT FROM THE SUPERVISOR THAT STATES THAT THE STUDENT IN QUESTION IS NOT QUALIFIED.