Postgraduate School Prepare Students for Ground Breaking Research
In order to prepare its students for ground breaking research, the School of Postgraduate Studies of Covenant University has organised the second edition in the series of its seminars and workshops.
The event, which held on Thursday, December 1, 2016, at the main auditorium of the African Leadership Development Centre (ALDC) of the University featured inspiring presentations on grantmanship (how to write award winning grants); fellowships, scholarships and research supports; research tools for quality research delivery and engaging relevant statistical tools among others.
To set the ball rolling for the day, the Dean of the School, Professor Samuel Wara, noted that the aim of the programme was to prepare the students for a seamless postgraduate experience. “What we are doing right now is the necessary preparation to have steady progress in your studies. The high point is to graduate with flying colours,” he stated.
He also explained the guidelines for Thesis/Dissertation writing and other requirements, including number of publications expected from them by the university as well as the outlets where they are to be published.
In her presentation, titled, “Grantmanship,” the Team Leader, West African Virus Epidemiology (WAVE) for roots and tuber crops, Dr. Angela Eni, shared her over 18 years’ experience in research and writing award winning grants. She explained to the students, the various types of grants, including research projects grants, small research grants, exploratory/developmental grants, and adding that over 100 billion dollars is made available annually as grants globally.
While explaining some tips for successful proposal development, Dr. Eni enjoined the students to always collaborate with researchers from various fields based on funding agency’s requirements. “Be novel, include appropriate background and preliminary data as required and obey the three C’s – concise, clear and complete,” she added.
Other facilitators at the workshop included the Sub-Dean, School of Postgraduate Studies, Dr. Humphrey Adebayo, who spoke on, “Fellowships, Scholarships and Research Supports”; Head, Department of Languages and General Studies, Professor Innocent Chiluwa, he talked about writing an acceptable proposal for Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship.
The Head of Department, Mathematics, Dr. Timothy Anake, delivered a paper titled, “An Invitation to MATLAB”; Dr. A Adejumo, also of Mathematics Department discussed, “Engaging Statistical Tools for Postgraduate Research: Using SPSS for Data Analysis” while Miss Temitope John of School of Postgraduate Studies taught her colleagues how to enhance their presentation skills with Prezi.