A night for graduate students and undergraduates considering graduate studies -- the Grad Students' Night -- was held on August 30, 2013 at the new EEEI Building Lobby.
The event kicked off with the Graduate Student Poster Competition. Students presented their projects to judges, professors, and guests. The projects, coming from the different research laboratories, covered a spectrum of research focuses.
Institude Director Dr. Joel Marciano gave the opening keynote for the graduate student orientation. Dr. Michael Pedrasa delivered the main talk, relating the Institute's mission and vision to the graduate students. Notable points of interest were changes in the curriculum put in place to encourage prospective graduate students, and the upcoming designation of rooms in the new EEEI building for graduate studies.
Mr. Adonis Tio, himself a graduated student, shared his perspective on graduate student life with a talk on "How to finish your MS in two years". Mr. Tio outlined three important steps: Get an Adviser, Stop the "Manyana" Habit, and Start Early on Your Thesis Topic. During the forum held afterwards to entertain questions from graduate and undergraduate students, most inquiries revolved around choosing a research topic and choosing an adviser.
To close the Graduate Student's Night, the winners of the Graduate Poster Contest were announced. First Prize was given to Mr. Adelson Chua, from MICROLAB, for his research on Sensor Nodes.
The event was made possible thanks to organizers Drs. Michael and Johanna Pedrasa, and everyone who supported it. For all those who missed out, the institute looks forward to holding the event again to encourage more students to deepen their knowledge by taking graduate studies.