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. Define a topic: the topic has to be agreed with the department member who will act as a first supervisor. This is often a member of the O&I (Organisatie and Informatie) group, but any member of the Department of Information and Computing Sciences can act as your first supervisor. Arrange meetings with staff members to discuss possible options, based on their research interests (look at their webpages, their google scholar profile, the KonJoin system, or ask the graduation coordinator). 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 for the scientific quality of the thesis project. An overview of the current availability of the supervisors is shown below (availability below zero means the supervisors are over-committed).
2. MBI Colloquium enrollment: enroll in the MBI Colloquium [INFOCQMBI4]. Regular and active participation in the colloquium is compulsory part of the MBI thesis project; exceptions can be made for students conducting their thesis project outside the Netherlands. For questions on the colloquium, please consult the webpage and/or contact the MBI colloquium coordinator.
3. Write and sign the research application form: together with the first supervisor, describe your project's aims and research goals using the "research application form", which formalizes the topic of the thesis project. You and your first supervisor both have to sign this form.
4. 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 (currently, drs. Iris Caris). Deviations to the standard contract shall be discussed with the Science Research Project Coordinator.
5. Formalize the graduation request: use this website to submit the research application form and, if applicable, the signed work placement agreement. The graduation coordinator will check the proposal. If no issue arise, the data will be passed on to the student administration.
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