This preliminary step is executed before the official start of Phase 1. The duration largely depends on how quickly a supervisor is found and a topic is agreed upon. This part is excluded from the duration of the thesis project.
1. Find a project and a supervisor
You can do an external or an internal (UU) project. The following tips might come in handy when looking for a project.
- Think about the courses you found interesting and ask the lecturers of these courses if they have/know of any projects.
- This document shows the UU AI supervisors and their general interests.
- Konjoin always has a number of AI projects.
- Jobteaser also has interesting external internships for AI students.
Note that any topic has to be agreed with the UU staff member who will act as a first supervisor. Arrange meetings with staff members to discuss possible options, based on their research interests (look at their webpages, their Google Scholar profile, or ask the graduation coordinator Floris Bex). If unsure about possible topics, please arrange a meeting with the graduation coordinator. Students can also try to arrange a project that fits within an internship with a company. Any project, however, requires a first supervisor from the department who guarantees the scientific quality of the thesis project, so it is advisable to talk to potential supervisors and/or the graduation coordinator before agreeing on an internship.
2. Define your project: together with the first supervisor, describe your project's title, problem, aims, and research goals. Come up with a short textual description (about 200 words). Also make clear arrangements with your first supervisor concerning planning, holidays, supervision meetings and so forth.
Please make sure you have a clear understanding with your first supervisor regarding deadlines and extra work, holidays etc. to be done during the thesis project. Normally, a thesis project runs for 3 periods/terms, but you can set any reasonable deadline in agreement with your supervisor. Please note that this protocol applies when a project is delayed.
3. Work placement agreement: If you conduct a project outside UU, a "work placement agreement" should be filled in, and signed by the student, company supervisor, and the Science Research Project Coordinator. Deviations to the standard contract shall be discussed with the Science Research Project Coordinator.
4. Formalize the graduation request: use Osiris student to submit your research project; if applicable, you will also submit the signed work placement agreement. Your request will be checked by the student administration and by the graduation coordinator. You may be asked for modifications, should they find any problems with the form.