Awareness-raising to research


This course aims to familiarise students with the research profession, both in academia and in industry. Several speakers from different backgrounds will explain the reasons for obtaining a PhD and share their personal experiences and views on launching a career in research career will include several questions and answer selections and reading of a scientific article co-authored by a young researcher, making of and a 3MT video.

Teaching and Learning Methods: The course, taught in English, is organized as a series of seminars given by professors and R&D group leaders, all of whom hold doctoral degrees.

Course Policies: To validate the course, students must attend all lectures and hand in all assignments on time.






The list of conferences: (upcoming programs)

List of homework:

  • Round table discussion with all speakers (1 hour - Zoom session): Each student will be asked to submit (at least) one question to the panel of speakers. The student must submit the question in advance via the Moodle platform. A moderator will sort and compile these questions and facilitate the discussions.
  • Meet a PhD student: Each participant will meet with a EURECOM PhD student and co-author of a research paper. Participants will have to choose and read carefully one of these research articles. They will then have a teleconference with the co-author PhD student (between 15 and 60 minutes) to discuss the writing process/timetable and the content of the article, as well as the daily life in a research group. At the end of the meeting, the student must send a report of the meeting to the course coordinator by courier, with the PhD student as a copy.

The format is free but... As for the 3MT competitions, you can use a maximum of 1 slide in your 3MT video (without animation). You can record yourself in portrait (head and shoulders) or full body, in front of a screen or not. It is important to highlight the main contribution of the scientist you have chosen and the impact of his or her work on our daily lives. Name your video “3MTyour_name_the-famous-scientist” (maximum submission size 128M). All students will then rate each other's videos to determine the best ones.

Learning Outcomes: 

  • Learn what a PhD is and what is involved in embarking on a research career;
  • Understand the different aspects of research, both in industry/start-ups and in academia.
  • To become familiar with the process of producing a research paper.
  • To produce a first video of a few minutes in English to present a great scientist in a given format.

Nb hours: 21,00

Evaluation: No final exam. The grade is determined by attendance at seminars (50% of the final grade), and the quality of the assignments submitted (50% of the final grade). Students vote for the best 3MT video.