How to Guide Graduate Students in Their Research
郭宗杰 教授 (Southern California University)
I have often encountered questions such as “How to guide graduate students in their research?” “How do you run such a large research group at USC?” It is not easy to give simple answers to these questions since the success in graduate research depends on many factors, including motivation, ambition, problem selection, research environment, advisor’s guidance and feedback, dynamics of faculty-student interaction, paper writing and research presentation. Furthermore, many graduate students did not pay attention to effective management of their resource such as time, peers, professors, network resources, etc. If a graduate student can be more sensitive to his/her resource management, it is likely that he/she will do more solid research and graduate in a timely manner. The management skills become even more important, when a student starts to work after graduation. I received very little training in management myself in my graduate study. However, in my career path, I have gradually learned more management skills to meet several challenges. This knowledge will be very beneficial to all faculty members and graduate students, if they are sensitive to such a need in an early stage. In this talk, I will share my own research experience at MIT and USC and my experience of running a large research group at USC. Quite a few learned lessons should be beneficial to faculty members as well as graduate students.