Source: Quartz India
Source: Quartz India
[Tips for Writing Your Research Proposal]
1. Know yourself: Know your area of expertise, what are your strengths and what are your weaknesses. Play to your strengths, not to your weaknesses. If you want to get into a new area of research, learn something about the area before you write a proposal. Research previous work. Be a scholar.
2. Know the program from which you seek support: You are responsible for finding the appropriate program for support of your research.
3. Read the program announcement: Programs and special activities have specific goals and specific requirements. If you don’t meet those goals and requirements, you have thrown out your chance of success. Read the announcement for what it says, not for what you want it to say. If your research does not fit easily within the scope of the topic areas outlined, your chance of success is nil.
4. Formulate an appropriate research objective: A research proposal is a proposal to conduct research, not to conduct development or design or some other activity. Research is a methodical process of building upon previous knowledge to derive or discover new knowledge, that is, something that isn’t known before the research is conducted.
5. Develop a viable research plan: A viable research plan is a plan to accomplish your research objective that has a non-zero probability of success. The focus of the plan must be to accomplish the research objective.
6. State your research objective clearly in your proposal: A good research proposal includes a clear statement of the research objective. Early in the proposal is better than later in the proposal. The first sentence of the proposal is a good place. A good first sentence might be, “The research objective of this proposal is…” Do not use the word “develop” in the statement of your research objective.
7. Frame your project around the work of others: Remember that research builds on the extant knowledge base, that is, upon the work of others. Be sure to frame your project appropriately, acknowledging the current limits of knowledge and making clear your contribution to the extension of these limits. Be sure that you include references to the extant work of others.
8. Grammar and spelling count: Proposals are not graded on grammar. But if the grammar is not perfect, the result is ambiguities left to the reviewer to resolve. Ambiguities make the proposal difficult to read and often impossible to understand, and often result in low ratings. Be sure your grammar is perfect.
9. Format and brevity are important: Do not feel that your proposal is rated based on its weight. Use 12-point fonts, use easily legible fonts, and use generous margins. Take pity on the reviewers. Make your proposal a pleasant reading experience that puts important concepts up front and makes them clear. Use figures appropriately to make and clarify points, but not as filler.
10. Know the review process: Know how your proposal will be reviewed before you write it. Proposals that are reviewed by panels must be written to a broader audience than proposals that will be reviewed by mail. Mail review can seek out reviewers with very specific expertise in very narrow disciplines.
11. Proof read your proposal before it is sent: Many proposals are sent out with idiotic mistakes, omissions, and errors of all sorts. Proposals have been submitted with the list of references omitted and with the references not referred to. Proposals have been submitted to the wrong program. Proposals have been submitted with misspellings in the title. These proposals were not successful. Stupid things like this kill a proposal. It is easy to catch them with a simple, but careful, proof reading. Don’t spend six or eight weeks writing a proposal just to kill it with stupid mistakes that are easily prevented.
12. Submit your proposal on time: Duh? Why work for two months on a proposal just to have it disqualified for being late? Remember, fairness dictates that proposal submission rules must apply to everyone. It is not up to the discretion of the program officer to grant you dispensation on deadlines. Get your proposal in two or three days before the deadline.
Mumbai: The presence of women professionals in the tech companies based in India is minuscule. It is fact that the tech-talent landscape is dominated by male professionals in India. On this adverse backdrop, The TechGig, a network operated by Times Business Solutions, is hosting India’s biggest coding battle for women, #TechGigGeekGoddess.
The pan India coding contest, dedicated for female coders, aims at celebrating the tech genius of ladies. TechGig Geek Goddess, the women-only tech extravaganza, enters its second edition this year. #TG3, popularly it is fondly known as, aims to create awareness on gender diversity and inclusiveness.
Nilanjan Roy, Head of Strategy at Times Business Solutions, says, “TechGig is the harbinger of a paradigm change coming in the IT community. While female coders in India constitute around 20% of the workforce, the percentage of women coders visiting TechGig is over 40% – clearly showing that the Era of Geek Goddess upon us. The growing popularity of our flagship event for women coders highlights this paradigm shift as companies seek tech talent and coders with top skills from amongst the thousands of coding divas who participate in this national level competition.”
In this coding battle, many giant tech companies have partnered: Sapient, Schneider Electric, Radisson Blu Atria Bengaluru, CDK Global, Genpact and more.
TechGig Geek Goddess is not just about coding contest. Promoting women tech talent and providing a platform to showcase their expertise is the primary objective of this tech festival. The second edition of TechGig Geek Goddess is set to become bigger, better and stronger, highlighting both, the present generation of women technologists and inspiring the next wave of women IT professionals.
The event not only involves women coders, but also testers and UI/UX experts. Mr Roy explained, “While back-end coding provides for a strong and stable product, it is front-end coding where the biggest innovations and real brand differentiation is being witnessed. We have broadened the horizon of TG3 and introduced ‘Theme Rounds’ in UI/UX, QA and Testing, to cover them as integral parts of the tech eco-system.”
Participants of TechGig Geek Goddess can win prizes worth Rs. 5 lakh, apart from gift vouchers and even a cool smartphone. In addition, Top IT recruiters would have a close eye on the contest to select the right talent. The registration window has already opened for TechGig Geek Goddess 2017 from 15 January 2017.
Mumbai: TechGig Code Gladiators has become the undisputed leader in Coding Contests having won the Limca Book National Record for being India’s Largest Coding Contest in 2015 and 2016. With a grand bounty of over Rs 50 lakhs to be won by the best coders, this year’s event promises to scale unprecedented heights.
Speaking at the launch of this record breaking event, Gautam Sinha, CEO, Times Internet Limited said, “I’m a coder, and this is a distinct pleasure, because this event is not about the best singer, or the best artist, but the best coder. My personal commitment is to make TechGig Code Gladiators 2017 a success. With all the partnerships that we forge, we will put the entire house of Times Group behind it – to make it successful.”
TechGig Code Gladiators 2017 will see over 2 Lakh top programmers code in over 52 Languages – the largest choice of languages in the world. Contestants can code in any of the 52 major programming languages including C, C++, C#, Java, PHP, VB.Net, Python, Perl, Ruby, JS, Objective C, Go, Scala, F#, Haskell, Lua, D, Clojure, Groovy, TCL, Pascal, Ocaml, Erlang, Small Talk, Cobol, Racket, Bash, Java 8, Python 3, GNU Octave, Rust, Common LISP, R and Node JS.
Of the over 2 Lakh coders only the top 200 will make it to the Grand Finale Hackathon to be held in Bangalore – That’s a pass percentage of less than 0.1%, which makes this a selection 7X tougher than the Joint Entrance Examination of the IITs!
TechGig Code Gladiators 2017 will have an Open Contest, and several unique theme rounds covering cutting edge technologies such as Machine Learning, IoT, Data Science, E-Commerce, Bots and DevOps.
The winner of the open contest will receive Rs. 2.5 Lakhs in cash, a trophy and a certificate plaque and winners of theme will get Rs. 2 Lakhs each. With accolades and prizes for all top performers, there is over Rs.50 Lakhs of Prize money to be won.
TechGig Code Gladiators 2016 had entered the Limca Book of Records, the second time in a row for being India’s largest programming contest – beating its own 2015 record recently. Over 1,47,000 premium coders, 70 days of extensive coding and a coveted place in LIMCA Book of World Records made Code Gladiators 2016 a grand spectacle and a phenomenal event.
TechGig Code Gladiators 2016, saw coders ranging from fresh graduates to highly experienced hackers be a part of India’s biggest coding challenge. The winners got all the glory and pride, from prizes worth Rs. 15 Lacs to exposure with top IT companies. The legacy of this record breaking event is poised to grow further in TechGig Code Gladiators 2017, by leaps and bounds.
TechGig Code Gladiators 2017 has started on 20 March 2017 and culminates in a Grand Finale hackathon in Bangalore.