Professional Development Workshops help students to identify the skills they would require to attribute so as to make a smooth transition to the workforce or higher education. The workshops are held every week by experienced faculties of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department.
Week 1 : Dr. Kemal Akkaya on REU SITE Orientation.
Dr.Kemal Akkaya welcomed the REU students to FIU. REU SITE Orientation Presentation was delivered by Dr.Kemal Akkaya and Dr. A. Selcuk Uluagac where they highlighted the main objective of the program and provided information about the mentors assigned to each students. The students gained information about the program and its objective.
Week 2 : Dr. Ahmed Ibrahim on What is research?
Workshop on The Research Process by Dr. Ahmed Ibrahim was organized at the REU Work-site. Students attended the workshop and found it to be enriching. Students were given insights on what research entails, the various types of research, research opportunities, and tips on graduate level researches.
Week 3 : Dr. Mohammad Ashiqur Rahman and Dr. Mohammad H. Manshaei on “Rock your Presentation: How to prepare and deliver a presentation?
Dr. Mohammad Ashiqur Rahman and Mohammad Hossein Manshaei presented a workshop on how to be an exceptional presenter at the REU Work-site. The students gained insights on how to structure their talk so as to keep their audience entertained, as well as how to create simple yet effective slides for their presentation. Last but not least, they also learnt how to talk to their audience with regards to delivering their message or explaining results, and also how to respond to questions from the audience.
Week 4 : Dr. Kemal Akkaya on Overview of Technical Paper Writing.
Dr.Kemal Akkaya provided information on Technical Paper Writing which highlighted the main points that should be kept in mind while publishing a Paper such as writing from a Top Down approach, telling an interesting story, an attractive introduction, and last but not least, clearly describing experiment setup and acquired results. He also provided information regarding the poster presentation which would be held at the end of the REU Program.
Week 5 : Dr. Alexander Pons on A Comparison of Academia and Industry.
Dr. Alexander Pons had an interactive session with the REU students. He shared his experience on various carrier aspects, insight on what to expect as a Graduate student and last but not least, the different approaches one can take if they decide to further their Academic studies into a Graduate Program.
Week 6 : Nanett A. Rojas on Application Process for Graduate School.
Mrs. Nanett A. Rojas, Assistant Director for Graduate Admissions gave insights on the application procedure for applying to various Graduate Programs. She also mentioned about the required documents, funding opportunities and tests that would be required to enroll for the Master’s Degree Program as well as the PhD Program. The students found it be informative and also inspired them to pursue the Master’s and PhD’s Programs in the Future.
Week 7 : Dr. Kemal Akkaya on Overview of Technical Paper Writing Format & Poster Presentation Template
Dr.Kemal Akkaya Provided information on Technical Paper Writing which highlight the main points that should be kept in mind while publishing a Paper and also the most suitable format for the paper. He also provided information regarding the poster presentation which would be held at the end of the REU Program.
Poster Presentation Session
A Poster Presentation session was conducted by the REU students on July 26th 2019 at the Florida International University Panther Pit. The REU students presented their posters on the projects that they had worked on. The main agenda of the poster session was to create awareness among Middle and High school students, along with other REU programs and Graduate Students on cyber security threats and developments.