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Research formative activities

Students in the research phase of their PhD are expected to follow formative activities in their research area, organized either by the research groups, the doctoral Program, other units in UPC, or other organisms external to this University, with the agreement of the thesis advisor.

The student is thus encouraged to participate and benefit from the formative opportunities he will find while doing the doctorate, get involved in the activities of his/her research group, and establish links with other researchers and groups, thus skipping from the isolation that an individual research project may produce. Also, these formative activities allow to achieve some of the competences that the PhD student must have acquired at the end of his/her doctorate.

The CAPD of the Electronic Engineering Program requests that a minimum of 10 hours or formative activities in ther research area must be justified by the end of the 2nd year of the doctorate. This will be verified in the Annual Tutorship Evaluation, and is a requirement to get a positive evaluation for students in their 2nd year of their doctorate. This requisite can be justified by the following means:
    • Attendance to research training courses and seminars organized by the PhD Program in Electronic Engineering, other units at UPC or UIB, or other organizations outside these Universities, with attendance certificate reporting the number of hours.
    • Attendance to tutorial sessions organized in the framework of congresses, with attendance certificate reporting the number of hours.
    • Participation in internal seminars organized by the research group, with a brief report issued by the director or tutor of the thesis explaining this participation, reasoning the appropriateness of this activity for student training, and the number of hours spent.
    • Preparation of research reports for funded research projects, with a brief report issued by the director or tutor of the thesis explaining the job done, reasoning the appropriateness of this activity for the formation of the student, and the number of hours spent.
    • Research stay in another national or foreign research center, accredited with a report issued by the responsible of the stay at the hosting institution (stay may be completed or in progress, minimum two weeks, although it is recommended that stays fulfill the requisites to obtain the International PhD Mention).
Students developing part of the thesis in a private company (industrial doctorates, among others) will be waived from this requisite, since the CAPD considers that such stay already provides applied research formation. To benefit from this waiving, it is necessary to provide the documentation that demonstrates such condition (eg., agreement between University and company).

These activities should be included in the Doctoral Student Activity Report. Students regulated by RD 99/11, please use this form; students regulated by former decrees, please use this form.