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Smoothing a Critical Transition

Nontechnical Knowledge and Techniques for Student Researchers

Authors: Hu, Xiaolong

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  • Covers indispensable research techniques and skills for students, ranging from reading and writing papers, presentation, to collaboration with other researchers and research ethics
  • Highlights selected key concepts, including signal-to-noise ratio, useful redundant information, and being clear and concise, in the context of research-relevant activities
  • Features a wealth of easy-to-understand, real-world examples
  • Intended for a broad readership in various science and engineering disciplines
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This textbook equips students interested in becoming researchers with the essential nontechnical skills. After an introduction to graduate schools, it discusses preparing for research, reading and organizing literature, writing research articles and other documents, publishing papers, presenting research findings at conferences, collaboration with advisors and other researchers, patent applications, research ethics, and how to improve research by learning about the history of science. These nontechnical skills are just as important as technical ones in terms of becoming a successful graduate student, yet they have seldom been taught systematically in courses. Further, they can bridge the gap from the classroom to the lab, making one of the most critical transition periods—from student to researcher—smoother and more enjoyable. The book features a wealth of real-life examples and exercises, which readers can easily apply in their own research. Intended mainly for graduate and upper-undergraduate students just embarking on lab research, it can also be used as a textbook or reference guide for courses on research methodology and related topics.


About the authors

Dr. Xiaolong Hu is a Professor at the School of Precision Instrument and Optoelectronic Engineering at Tianjin University, China. He received his B.S. and M.S. from Tsinghua University in 2003 and 2006, respectively, and completed his Ph.D. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2011. His Ph.D. thesis concerned superconducting nanowire single-photon detectors (SNSPDs) and their applications in quantum optics, and proposed waveguide-integrated SNSPDs. His current research focuses on nanophotonic devices, quantum photonic devices, and nanofabrication. He is also interested in studying the critical transition periods in education. Dr. Hu has authored or coauthored more than 40 papers in international journals and conferences and holds 11 patents. In 2013, he received the OSA Outstanding Reviewer Award, and since 2019, has served as an associate editor of OSA Continuum.


Table of contents (12 chapters)

Table of contents (12 chapters)

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eBook 64,19 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Smoothing a Critical Transition
Book Subtitle
Nontechnical Knowledge and Techniques for Student Researchers
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Springer Singapore
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.
eBook ISBN
978-981-15-4035-6
DOI
10.1007/978-981-15-4035-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-15-4034-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 137
Number of Illustrations
48 b/w illustrations, 28 illustrations in colour
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