NATIONAL CHENG KUNG UNIVERSITY, TAINAN, TAIWAN
BANYAN
Volume 5 Issue 9 - September 26, 2008
Commentary
Interview: Mr. Zhi-Cheng Huang, PhD Student, Department of Hydraulic and Ocean Engineering, Recipient of 2008 ISOPE Best Student Paper Award
Interview: Miss Yi-Ling Chen, Graduate Student, Institute of Oral Medicine, Recipient of 2008 IADR International Student Award
Article Digest
Yi-Je Juang
New Valve and Bonding Designs for Microfluidic Biochips Containing Proteins
Chuh-Yung Chen
Synthesis and properties of novel HMS-based sulfonated poly(arylene ether sulfone)/silica nano-composite membranes for DMFC applications
Jen Fa Huang
On the design and performance analysis of wavelength/time matrix coding for optical CDMA network access
Jen-Tzung Chien
Maximum Confidence Hidden Markov Modeling for Face Recognition
Article Digest
Ruey-Juin Rau
Towards a universal rule on the recurrence interval scaling of repeating earthquakes?
News Release
News
NCKU Has Three Recipients of the 2008 Ta-You Wu Memorial Award: Dr. Tzer-Ming Lee, Dr. Jeng-Fang Chen, and Dr. Po-See Chen
News
E-mail Interview:Recipient of the 2008 Ta-You Wu Memorial Award, Dr. Jeng-Fang Chen, Assistant Professor, Department of Accountancy
Opportunities
Activities
Editorial Group
Interview: Mr. Zhi-Cheng Huang, PhD Student, Department of Hydraulic and Ocean Engineering, Recipient of 2008 ISOPE Best Student Paper Award

SEVP Hwung-Hweng Hwung (left), supervisor of Mr. Zhi-Cheng Huang (right), 2008 ISOPE Best Student Paper Award Co-recipient. 
(Photo: from NCKU News Center)
With a research paper “Observation of the Coherent Structure Under Breaking Wave”, Mr. Zhi-Cheng Huang, a PhD student in the Department of Hydraulic and Ocean Engineering, won the 2008 ISOPE Best Student Paper Award, in Vancouver, Canada.

Mr. Huang accepted the Banyan’s interview and shared his views on doing research and managing a successful career as a research student. The following is a summary of this interview.

  1. Make your research defensible: An intrinsic element of academic research is critical review of your work, so you need to make your research defensible. If it’s defensible, that means you have achieved something good.

  2. Locate prospective research directions: Progress in science is, on the one hand, chained from one to another, and on the other hand, emphasizing innovation and new discoveries. With respect to that, it is very important to do thorough and in-depth literature review, consult experienced professors, and attend conferences, especially international ones.

  3. Arrange research objectives into stages: As a PhD student, you need to do feasible researches, something possible to be finished in 3 to 5 years. You might want to pursue a topic with a lifetime research career, but you approach the final goal step by step. In the process, you need to emphasize on logic and coherence.

  4. Think globally: Western countries are still leading the development of science and technology. This is the same case with academic research. The English speaking countries are especially prominent. So if you have good research results, you must try to publish them internationally.

  5. Plan after graduation: I want to enhance my international experience and ability. I will go to UCSD, where they have experts in my field. I can go to other prestigious institutions, but I want to work with someone who really knows my field.

Helen Chang
The Banyan Editorial Office
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