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GSAM Seminars

Operation of Seminars

Seminars are subjects designed to help students with the preliminary readings and research, determination of a research topic, and to start systematic research and data collection. These subjects also help students to strengthen their research, writing and presentation skills and enrich their research through comments, suggestions and guidance by their individual supervisors, other faculty members and fellow students. In other words, these subjects are designed to assist students in their research, leading to the production of a Master's Thesis or a Research Report.

Students will be registered for Seminars following the schedule below in accordance with their enrollment status (program completion length, semester of enrollment, supervisor).

Seminars' subject titles are Research Project I, II or III or Final Research Project. Research Project I refers to the seminar class in the 1st semester, Research Project II - to the one in the 2nd semester and Research Project III - to the 3rd semester seminar class. The Final Research Project is registered for during the final semester at APU.

1. All students must take Seminars consecutively from the first semester through the last semester of enrollment.
2. Students must complete one of the three Research Projects (Research Project I, II or III) and the Final Research Project.
3. The Master’s Thesis or the Research Report is to be submitted during the semester in which Final Research Project is registered.

During the course of study, students must take seminars as designated in the table below.

Program Length 1st semester 2nd semester 3rd semester 4th semester
2-year Standard
Completion
Research Project I Research Project II Research Project III Final Research Project
1.5-Year Accelerated
Completion
Research Project I Research Project II Final Research Project Program Completion
1-Year Accelerated
Completion
Research Project I Final Research Project
Program Completion

Note: All students will be automatically registered for the respective Research Project subject at the beginning of every semester.


Types of Seminars

Individual Supervision
Every student is assigned an individual supervisor from their affiliated Division. The student will meet with his/her supervisor on an individual or small group basis and all meetings are scheduled individually between supervisors and students.
A First Seminar Meeting is organized at the beginning of every semester to for new enrollees to meet with faculty members within their affiliated Division. See below for details.

Joint Research Presentations
Objectives
Joint Research Presentations will be held within each Division at least once per semester and all faculty members and students shall attend the Joint Research Presentations within their Division. These presentations provide students with opportunities to present their research and receive feedback from faculty members other than their supervisors. Moreover, students must do a presentation either in the 2nd Quarter of the semester preceding their final semester or during or in the 1st Quarter of their final semester but no later than 2 weeks before the Master's Thesis / Research Report submission deadline. However, this may not apply to students who have presented at the RCAPS annual conference, IAAPS conference, or other international conferences or seminars.

Schedule

  Spring Semester Fall Semester
Quarter 1 the Wednesday on or immediately before May 15
(2019SP: Wed., 15 May 2019)
the Wednesday on or immediately before November 15
(2019FA: Wed., 13 November 2019)
Quarter 2 the Wednesday on or immediately before July 10
(2019SP: Wed., 10 July 2019)
the Wednesday on or immediately before January 15
(2019FA: Wed., 15 January 2020)

N.B. 1: Exact times, venues, etc. for the presentations are announced 2-3 weeks in advance.
N.B. 2: The presentation structure, length and Q&A sessions and students’ individual presentation schedules may differ per Division. Hence, students are encouraged to consult with their supervisors about the details at the beginning of every semester.


First Seminar Meeting and Seminar Classes

Information on GSAM Seminar Classes is updated at the beginning of every semester.
Additionally, First Seminar Meeting is organized on the 1st Wednesday class day of the semester for new students so that they can meet with relevant instructors. After the First Seminar Meeting, all consecutive meetings are scheduled between supervisors and students. Please contact the Academic Office for any inquiries regarding the GSAM Seminar Classes.


Research Support

Please see the following page for information on research support and procedures for conducting field research, etc. Research Support


Graduate Research in Progress Seminars

The Graduate Research in Progress Seminars is a place where PhD students present their research and receive feedback from their peers and other professors.
All graduate students are encouraged to attend these seminars and experience APU's research environment.
Graduate Research in Progress Seminars

Last Update April 2019


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