Doctoral Consortium

Doctoral Consortium Chair: Dr. John Effah

The Doctoral consortium track plans to have three categories of activities, namely a panel discussion on contribution to knowledge expected at the PhD level, student presentation of submitted papers to the doctoral consortium, and a forum for recently completed PhDs to share their experiences and for current and potential students to ask questions and contribute to the discussion. First, the doctoral consortium panel will comprise members from each department with a PhD in a relevant area. The panel will be moderated to highlight areas of shared understanding of and divergence on what constitutes contribution to knowledge at the PhD level. Participants will have opportunities to ask questions and seek clarifications on what they understand or not.

Second, the presentation will follow the normal conference slot of 15 minutes and 5 minutes questions and answers subject to time availability. We expect that when submitting papers, presenters will indicate that they are submitting to the doctoral consortium. Only papers with such designation will be accepted for presentation. We also expect that the call for submission will indicate this explicitly.

Finally, we hope to invite recently-graduated PhDs who completed within 2013/2014/2015 to share their experiences on what PhD is about and what current students should expect. Again we hope to demonstrate commonality and differences across various disciplines.