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Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management (ISCRAM2012)

Ph.D Colloquium - Call for Participation

*Event: Sunday 22nd April 2012 9am – 4.30pm
Submission Deadline: February 15th, 2012


The goals of the ISCRAM 2012 Ph.D. Colloquium are three-fold:

   1. To develop and sustain a network of young scholars conducting high
   quality research in the area of Information Systems for Crisis Response and
   2. To support the next generation of crisis management researchers by
   addressing issues relevant to the progression of a research career.
   3. To allow participants to discuss their research with leading
   specialists, scholars and peers in an international setting.

Accomplishment of these goals is supported through a one-day program that
takes place immediately prior to the main ISCRAM conference. The colloquium
is targeted at PhD students seeking careers as researchers in academic
settings. Information systems for crisis response and management is an
inherently multi-disciplinary domain and so PhD students from Computer
Science, Information Systems, Organization Research, Management Science,
Social Sciences and other related domains are eligible to apply.  Students
completing other terminal doctoral degrees are also welcome (e.g. MD, PsyD,
JD, etc.), assuming they are engaged in substantive research activities in
this field.

The colloquium will consist of discussions, presentations and shared
activities centered on the following topics: the Ph.D. process, building
and utilizing your research community, advancing your career, opportunities
for publishing your work and funding your future research. Up to twelve
students will be accepted for the colloquium. Numbers are kept purposely
small so that the support team can focus on quality interaction and
discussion. ISCRAM is dedicated to supporting Doctoral students in their
research in the area of crisis response and management. To show this
continued commitment students will be joined at the colloquium by
experienced faculty members from all over the world who will give
presentations, facilitate discussions and give advice. Also a more recent
researcher Bas Lijnse, winner of last year’s Best Student Paper, will also
join us to offer support and help.

*Participating Faculty & Facilitators*

   - Tung Bui, Professor, Information Technology Management, University of
   Hawaii, USA
   - Julie Dugdale, University of Grenoble, France (ISCRAM Board Member,
   Doctoral Colloquium Chair)
   - Starr Roxanne Hiltz, Distinguished Professor Emerita, Information
   Systems NJIT, USA
   - Bas Lijnse, PhD student, Radboud University, The Netherlands (Winner
   of ISCRAM 2011 Mike Meleshkin Best Student Paper)
   - Murray Turoff, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Information systems
   NJIT, USA (ISCRAM Board Member)
   - Bartel van de Walle, Tilburg University, The Netherlands (ISCRAM
   President, Doctoral Colloquium Co-Chair)

Poster Sessions: Students accepted for the colloquium *must also prepare a
poster of their work*. This will be presented at the PhD poster session at
the end of the doctoral colloquium and during the main poster session
during the ISCRAM conference itself. The format of the poster is
free-style. These poster sessions will offer students the valuable
opportunity to receive feedback and perspectives on their research from
recognized experts in the field and other doctoral students. Note that
students who submit papers to the ISCRAM conference itself (and who are
named as first author) will be eligible for the Mike Meleshkin Award for
best PhD Student paper. Attendance at the PhD Colloquium is not a
pre-requisite for eligibility for this award. If you intend to enter your
paper please indicate this on the ConfTool paper submission system.

*Who should Apply? *

Doctoral students who, at the time of the colloquium, have not yet defended
their PhD dissertation are eligible to apply. Cost Participation at the
ISCRAM PhD colloquium is free, as is lunch and refreshments. However,
participants in the Doctoral Colloquium must register for the main
conference (a student rate is available). How to Apply To apply, send an
email to [log in to unmask] by 15th February 2012 with “doctoral
colloquium application” in the subject line. In the email include a brief
note in the body of the message stating that you are applying to the
colloquium, and attach a single file containing the following items:

   - An abstract of less than 250 words summarizing your proposed research
   and its potential significance to ISCRAM.
   - A research statement of 750 to 1500 words describing the proposed
   thesis research in greater detail (e.g., methodology, any interim results,
   expected contributions). Note that the word limit does not include
   references but does include tables and figures.
   - A personal statement of less than 250 words describing what you expect
   to contribute to and receive from the colloquium.
   - A current curriculum vitae. List institutions attended and degrees
   received, including any degrees in progress. Also list publications, grants
   awarded, teaching and service activities, and any other information you
   feel is relevant.
   - A digital photo. This will be used for the photo roster if the
   application is successful.

The file name should be your last name, and the file format should be Adobe
PDF.  The abstract and research statement must be formatted in accordance
with the Word template for papers submission, which is downloadable

*Important Dates*

15 February 2012 Applications due
1 March 2012 Decision on applications. If successful, participants should
prepare a poster of their work
22 April 2012 Ph.D. Colloquium
22-25 April 2012 ISCRAM main conference

Further details on the ISCRAM 2012 conference and the PhD Colloquium will
be published on the conference website<>
Once the names of PhD Colloquium participants are finalized they will be
contacted by email. A detailed schedule of the day and brief details of
your research (in the form of an abstract) will be circulated to all
participants. The aim of this is so that all participants can have a chance
of identifying people with similar research interests before the colloquium
starts. Questions and Further Information Any questions should be sent to
Julie Dugdale (Doctoral Colloquium Chair) and Bartel van de Walle (Doctoral
Colloquium Co-Chair) using [log in to unmask]

*About ISCRAM *

The ISCRAM Community is a worldwide community of researchers, scholars,
teachers, students, practitioners and policy makers interested or actively
involved in the subject of Information Systems for Crisis Response and
Management. At its annual international conference alternating between the
US and Europe, the ISCRAM Community gathers to present and discuss the
latest research and developments in this growing area during an interactive
and stimulating 3 day program. The ISCRAM Community also organizes an
International Summer School for PhD students and ISCRAM-CHINA, an annual
conference for ISCRAM research in China. Full information on ISCRAM can be
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