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April 30, 2021
"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." - Eleanor Roosevelt
Congratulations, Class of 2021!
A Message From
Dr. Sotirios Ziavras, Vice Provost of Graduate Studies
Dear Graduate Students,
Due to the pandemic, 2020-21 has been a very difficult year for all. Difficult times, however, often bring up the best in people who focus on success and show persistency. This is true for NJIT students. They have proven once more that they can be the best ambassadors of NJIT to the world.
In the 2020-21 period (August 2020-May 2021), NJIT will have graduated the largest number of Ph.D. students in its history; an increase of 73% in the yearly average while adding 32% more graduates to the previous highest number.
I am also glad to report that our graduate students continue receiving summer CPT and regular job offers from well established companies (Adobe, Amazon, AT&T, Bristol Myers Squibb, Facebook, Novartis, Paypal, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, etc.). We are all proud of their accomplishments.
With the pandemic under control, Fall 2021 is expected to be a normal semester for our students. I look forward to your return to campus in the fall if you are a continuing student. Best wishes for success if you are graduating next month.
In the meantime, have a great summer.
Sotirios Ziavras, D.Sc. Vice Provost for Graduate Studies & Dean of the Graduate Faculty
NJIT will proudly honor the Class of 2021 with a hybrid commencement ceremony. Candidates will participate in 100-person Convocation Ceremonies on campus, where they will have the opportunity to cross the stage and have their portrait taken. All Convocation Ceremonies will be recorded and presented as part of the Commencement Ceremony.
Convocation Ceremonies will occur on the following days:
Wednesday, May 12, 2021 Ph.D. Candidates
Friday, May 14, 2021 & Saturday, May 15, 2021 Baccalaureate and Master Candidates
Tuesday, May 18, 2021, 5:00pm Commencement Ceremony
Congratulations to the 2021 Winners of the GSA's Annual Three-Minute Research Presentation Competition!
On April 13, student participants joined the exciting challenge to describe their research to a general audience, in three minutes and using only one slide as a visual aid. The goal was to succinctly and effectively communicate their research to those who are not familiar with their work or field. It was a fantastic event! Thank you to all who participated!
Ayushi Sangoi - 1st Place Winner
Effects of Vision Therapy on Convergence Insufficiency
Advisor: Tara Alvarez, Dept. of Biomedical Engineering
Ayushi Sangoi, a first-year in BME PhD program, is from Metuchen, NJ. The overarching goal of her research is to determine how vision therapy affects convergence insufficiency, a disorder in which the eyes cannot focus on items at near. This information will help personalize vision therapy to increase patient compliance. In Ayushi's free time, she loves to experiment with new recipes!
Christine Sosiak - 2nd Place Winner
Excavating Ecological Niches: Using Modern Morphology to Predict Extinct Ecology
Advisor: Phillip Barden, Dept. of Biological Sciences
Christine Sosiak, a 3rd year PhD candidate in Biological Sciences, is originally from Alberta, Canada. Extinction events affect species differently depending on their ecology: where they live, what they eat, and how they behave. Fossil ecology is notoriously difficult to predict, so we devised machine learning models using modern insect body shapes (or morphology) to quantitatively predict extinct insect ecology, which when combined with an understanding of insect extinction patterns might help us better understand what species are most at risk of extinction, and how we can better protect them in the future.
Mehnaz Mursalat - 3rd Place Winner
Narrowly Sized, Spherical Powders with Custom Properties by High Energy Milling
Advisor: Edward Dreizin, Dept. of Chemicals and Materials Engineering
Mehnaz Mursalat, a 4th year in the ChE PhD program, is from Dhaka, Bangladesh. Her research focuses on improving powder properties. She synthesizes spherical powders which are highly desired in different industry as they have better flowability. This technique may have a wide range of applications in pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, food processing, constructions, additive manufacturing or any industry that deals with powder. In her free time, she loves photography and traveling.
Ali Hasani - Honorable Mention for Best Visuals
Processing of Atmospheric Soot and Its Impact on Cimate
Advisor: Alexei Khalizov, Dept. of Chemistry
Ali Hasani, a 3rd year in the Chemistry PhD program, is from Iran. Soot is produced by the burning of fossil fuels. It is a light absorbing substance and a global warming agent. Soot particles are aggregates of graphitic spherules, with an open or compact shape. We care about the shape of soot because it has a significant effect on its optical properties and atmospheric lifetime.
Elif Irem Senyurt - Honorable Mention for Most Effective Oral Presentation
How Hot Are the Burning Metal Particles?
Advisor: Edward Dreizin, Dept. of Chemicals and Materials Engineering
Elif Irem Senyurt, a 2nd year in the CME PhD program, is from Turkey. Eilif's research is about predicting the ignition temperature of metal particles that can be used as propellant and in pyrotechnics. The goal is to predict that burning temperature accurately so that these data can help to develop better engineered propellants. In her free time, she travels, hikes, loves cooking and baking!
Endowed in memory of George Michael, one of the founders of the SC Conference series, the ACM IEEE-CS George Michael Memorial Fellowships honor exceptional PhD students throughout the world whose research focus areas are in high performance computing, networking, storage, and large-scale data analysis. ACM, the IEEE Computer Society, and the SC Conference support this award.
The SCGSR program provides doctoral dissertation/thesis research opportunities for graduate students at DOE national laboratories. Applications are strongly encouraged in the areas of Microelectronics, Data Science, Conservation Laws and Symmetries, and Accelerator Science. Details about the program, research areas, and online application can be found here.
KASF scholarships are offered to the qualified Korean American students (including foreign students from Korea). All applicants must be enrolled in a full time program in the U.S during the scholarship application year. If extra funds are available, other students (non Koreans) may qualify for scholarships. For more information, please visit: https://www.kasf.org/apply-nerc/
PhD and MS students in computer science are invited to apply for the Computer Science Internship Program (CSIP). This is a flexible program that can start at any time, for a duration of 3-9 months. As part of the CSIP, you will be integrated into a cutting-edge research lab, where you will help develop algorithms for data interpretation, build tools for data integration and mining, or analyze complex data sets, with the goal of improving human health and advancing biological knowledge.
Fulbright Israel is looking for the brightest and most innovative scholars who aspire to research in Israel and join the Fulbright heritage. Fulbright Israel plans to award up to eight fellowships to U.S. postdoctoral scholars who seek to pursue research in one of Israel's academic institutions. Grants are open to researchers in all academic disciplines and support programs of research in Israel for up to 20 months (two academic years). Click here for detailed information about the program and instructions.
Take advantage of professional development opportunities, aimed at preparing NJIT students for the future.
If you have not done so already, sign up for the new online service to prepare doctoral and master's students for the future!
NJIT's newly enrolled PhD and MS students were sent an email invitation on the week of 1/26/2021 with their username and password from DoctoralNet Ltd.
Once you sign up, the following tools will be available to you:
Past webinars on Academic Writing, Argumentation, Criticality, Getting Published, Grad Prep, Job Prep, Research Design, Thesis or Proposal Design, Tools and Hacks, Wellness
Interactive tools for planning research
Step-by-step explanations and milestones for research masters or doctoral dissertations.
Step-by-step explanations of how to get published
Planning tools to aid your personal professional development from graduate school through to job placement
You will receive a weekly DoctoralNet newsletter, Grad Success E-News, with the following week’s professional development options, including webinars. In addition, the webinar system highlights one offering every week.
Other options included in this exciting professional development package include:
30 day challenges
Weekly boosts for motivation or document writing (very valuable for MS thesis and PhD dissertation writing)
iPhone and Android phone apps – all available to you through the site
Upcoming webinars (5/3-5/14) to bring you step-by-step explanations of the subtleties and skills you need to help your graduate education be less stressful
Monday, May 3, 12:00pm
15 Minute Series : Skills to Ace Graduate School - Metacognition
Do you ever feel like there is a hidden curriculum to graduate school or that others have the insider track and you are struggling to learn all the rules? Joining Dr. E. Alana James for 15 minutes a week with the opportunity to ask questions after can make all the difference.
Can't make the time? No worries, you can ask your questions at www.wooclap.com/15minutes and they will be answered in the recording that is sent to you after the event.
The 15 Skills From the WEF Required for Employment 2025
2020 was a year like no other and it left many job seekers wondering which of the changes would continue on into the future. The World Economic Forum responds with an update on their skills needed by everyone as we move into the future.
Professor Maria will discuss the updated list of skills and point viewers to the rest of the materials on pd.education; outlining just what we all need to consider as we work to stay current and upskill in the new global economic environment.
This is a place to get your research design ideas or questions sorted out so that you can move ahead. Once a month you can go to www.wooclap.com/preproposal and put in all the questions you want - Dr. E. Alana James will answer them during open office hours and other students in the room will offer their insights and ideas for tools, etc as well. Appropriate for Masters or Doctoral students.
Can't make this time slot? No bother, register anyway (registration required each month) and you will receive the recording.
Pre-Recorded Thursdays to Help Your Academic Writing - Self Assessments for Quality in Academic Writing
Bring some writing you or others have done and play with us as we assess and discuss what we see. Writing is an art - all art gets better with critique. On the other hand why wait until the critique counts as in for a class or committee? Why not learn to do it yourself?
15 Minute Practical Tips for Researchers - Diagramming Help
Science is built on many underlying assumptions about research. If you are new to the game you don't understand this way of thinking or what people expect. A lot of that you pick up as you go along by reading research and through your classwork, however this series is dedicated to making the subtle explicit.
Obvious or not you may have research questions - you can ask them at www.wooclap.com/15minutes and they will be answered the next Monday. Can't make the 5pm GMT time in your timezone? No bother, register and you will get the recording.
Post Data Community - Office Hours - What Do You Need to Move to Graduation?
You have your data! Bravo! Now you are on the downhill side of the work of graduate school. This group meets once a month on the second Thursday at 12:00 EST. Come with questions or just to see what others in the global research community are asking.
Questions are registered at www.wooclap.com/WITHDATA and if you have one, but can't make the meeting, register anyway and you will receive the answer in the recording.
How to Edit Your Academic Texts Before Submitting Them
You finish your academic text and think “I did it great!” However, are you sure of that? Does everything fulfill the expectations of professors and committees? To answer “yes”, it is necessary to evaluate the text against some criteria. In this webinar, you will learn how to do it.
Adrienne has been a Citavi user for years and is willing to work with those of us who like the tool, but know we aren't using it to its full advantage. This is a serious workshop- by the first of May everyone will have exercises we are asked to do ahead of time, then we can come with what caused us issues and Adrienne will help us solve them.
Reminder: COVID Safety Protocol for Visiting the Office of Graduate Studies
As part of Phase 2 of NJIT’s Pandemic Recovery Plan for fall, the Office of Graduate Studies continues to be opened at 25% capacity. To reduce health risk, the school is limiting the number of staff members on site at any one time and implementing the following protocol for our interactions with visitors, including students, faculty, and staff.
If you wish to meet with a member of GSO, please first make an appointment by emailing GSO@njit.edu or that person. Visitors without an appointment will be unable to get an immediate meeting with a staff member.
By default, most issues and questions will be answered over email, phone, or WebEx to help minimize the amount of in-person contact.
If an in-person meeting is necessary, our staff will set up an appointment. When you come in for an in-person meeting, you must follow all university public-health regulations, including a self-screening for symptoms before coming to campus, wearing a mask while on campus (including during your meeting), and maintaining at least 6 feet of distance from others.
If you need to drop off or pick up items, please first contact the person you are dropping off with or picking up from to determine when you should come by.
The GSO staff has been providing service and support for our students and departments throughout the pandemic and will continue to do so remotely and on site while observing university public-health regulations. Thank you for your cooperation in helping to keep our staff and the NJIT community safe and healthy.