Thursday, November 20, 2014

PhD Qualifying Exam

I took the qualifying exam last November 17. Actually I have no idea what the exam is all about. They say that the exam will test if I am ready to move forward towards the PhD. I also asked my adviser what to prepare for the exam. He just wanted me to present the paper I submitted for NCITE 2014 then be ready to answer any question related or not to my research. One of my committee member asked me on what skills do I still need to have in order to proceed to my PhD. My adviser asked me what I think will be the challenging part of my study. I found it difficult to answer these questions but gave them the best answer I can. Luckily I was able to convince them and they gave me the go signal to proceed. I am now officially a PhD candidate!

Monday, November 3, 2014

NCITE 2014 Experience

Last October 23-25 we attended NCITE in Boracay. This year's conference acceptance rate is quite low, 29%. I like this year's conference because everything seems to go very smoothly. The conference website is very functional and informative. The review process is great because of the use of Easychair. In attendance are about 300+ participants from different regions. The venue and food are also good. Two papers from our institute were awarded the Best Paper. I also presented two papers. One is the work of my previous student and the other is part of my PhD work. I was also part of the program committee which actually motivated me to write this post.