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Bridging You to the Future - Research Experience for Undergraduates (RXU)

 
 
 

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE FOR UNDERGRADUATES (RXU)

 
 
 

HOW WILL RXU
HELP YOU?

 

You explore what is promising and emerging

You experience the joy of discovery

You gain an edge to your future career or post-graduate study

RXU IS A BRIDGE TO THE FUTURE

 

4 OPTIONS TO GET STARTED WITH RXU

 

1

IS470 / IS471: Guided Research in Information Systems

IS Technology / IS Management Depth Elective

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2

Attachment with SIS Research Labs/Centers

which may be considered as your second or subsequent internship

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3

Hired as Research Assistants by Faculty Members

who are Full Time Faculty

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4

IS480 / IS481: IS APPLICATION PROJECT

Project done with an SIS Research Lab or SIS Research Center

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PROJECTS IN RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
FOR UNDERGRADUATES

 

Projects in IS470 / IS471: Guided Research in Information Systems

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Projects in SIS Research Labs/Centers

through student
attachment

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Projects with Research Assistants

hired by Faculty Members

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Projects in IS480 / IS 481 : IS Application Projects

with SIS Research Labs/Centers

COMING SOON

Who is eligible
for RXU?

 
  • RXU in the SMU School of Information Systems is open to all of our BSc (IS) students
  • You need to demonstrate that you are highly motivated
  • Obviously, if you are on SIS Dean’s list or have a comparably high GPA, you have demonstrated that you are highly motivated.
  • However, there may be other ways to demonstrate your capabilities and motivation.

Faculty-In-Charge

 

If you are interested in RxU or have questions about projects or eligbility, please contact SIS Associate Prof. LI Yingjiu at yjli@smu.edu.sg. He may post your names on this web page and help you find supervising faculty and projects.

PROJECTS IN IS470 / IS471: GUIDED RESEARCH IN INFORMATION SYSTEMS

The IS470: Guided Research in Information Systems module aims introduce students to academic research in Information Systems. It allows students to experience first hand the challenges and exhilaration of research, discovery and innovation, and enriches their academic experience by working at/near the frontiers of research in IS technology or management.

Below are examples of research projects past and present worked on by students & faculty in IS470 / IS471 sorted by Academic Year

More details can be found in the section “Process for IS470 / IS471 : Guided Research in Information Systems” further down this page.

 

PROJECTS WITH STUDENTS HIRED AS RESEARCH ASSISTANTS BY FACULTY MEMBERS

Projects past and present worked on by students hired as research assistants with faculty sorted by Year

PROCESS FOR IS470 / IS471 : GUIDED RESEARCH IN INFORMATION SYSTEMS

IS 470 and IS 471 (Guided Research in Information Systems) are two IS Depth Electives in BSc (IS) programme.

SYNOPSIS

This module aims to introduce students to academic research in Information Systems. It allows students to experience first-hand the challenges and exhilaration of research, discovery and innovation, and enriches their academic experience by working at/near the frontiers of research in IS technology or management.

The module qualifies as an IS Technology or Management elective, as determined by the supervisor in consultation with the course coordinator.

Students opting to continue with the SIS MSc (Information Systems) Fast Track Programme may use this research project as groundwork for the Master’s thesis.

Students who perform excellently (getting at least A-) in this course may apply to extend their research as an IS480 project. This is subject to approval by the course coordinator.

 

PREREQUISITES

To register for this module, students must

  • Obtain the approval of the course coordinator
  • Pass the following courses: PMSB, IST, EI and SE
  • Have an SIS faculty member who agrees to serve as his/her project supervisor
  • Have a GPA of 3.4 or better. (Strong preference, exception may be granted)

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

  • Student consults faculty supervisor to discuss possible project topic before start of programme (examples of project topics can be found in RXU projects)
  • Supervisor assesses student's academic background and commitment, and then decides whether to supervise project.
  • Student fills an application form (download for IS 470, download for IS 471) to be signed by the supervisor and approved by course coordinator, before start of programme.

ASSESSMENT

  • Project proposal 5%, end of week 1
  • Midterm report and feedback 35%, week 8
  • Final presentation (45 minutes oral) 20%, week 14
  • Term paper 40%, end of week 15

Each student will work with the supervisor to develop the research project. By the end of the semester,students are expected to write a term paper that may cover one (or more)of the following (non-exclusively):

  1. (for both IST/ISM projects) deep literature review
  2. (for both IST/ISM projects) case study
  3. (for IST projects) problem formulation, initial solution design, evaluation/validation methodology, analysis (note: pure implementation projects are discouraged)
  4. (for ISM projects) analytical methods (optimization, simulation, industrial organization), empirical methods (surveys, field study, experiments).

At the discretion of the supervisor, the project may span across the summer term. In this case, students will obtain an “I” grade which will be converted to a proper grade by the end of Term 3b. Note that students holding “I” grades will not be eligible for the Dean’s List

 
 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)

Students who are doing the IS 2nd Major in Advanced Technology and Applications can count IS470 as one of the five required technology depth electives.

Students who are doing non-IS 2nd Majors need to complete one of the regular technology depth elective courses. IS470 will count only toward the remaining two electives.

Students who are not doing a 2nd Major need to complete one of the regular technology depth elective courses. IS470 will count only toward the remaining two electives.

You should have a sense of the broad research area(s) that you are interested in, e.g. data security. For research labs and centers, you may visit Research Lab & Center Overview. For information on research areas of our faculty, you may visit our Faculty List by Disciplinary Areas. You should visit projects, which contains the updated list of proposed IS470 projects approximately 2 months prior to the start of the term.
Having identified a potential research project(s), you should consult the respective faculty members who proposed the projects. You can apply for IS470 only after an SIS faculty member has agreed to assign the project to you and serve as your supervisor. To ensure that there is sufficient time, you should start this process about 6 weeks before the term in which you intend to register.
IS470 is not opened for BOSS bidding. You must obtain the approval of the course coordinator before the start of term. SIS Dean's Office will submit your name to the Registrar’s Office.
IS 471 is the same as IS 470 except that (i) you may register for IS 471 only after you complete IS 470 successfully, and (ii) your project in IS 471 should not have a significant overlap with your IS 470 project.

PROCESS FOR APPLICATION FOR RXU LAB/CENTER ATTACHMENT

Lab/centre attachments may be considered as second or subsequent internships in BSc (IS) programme.

SYNOPSIS

This lab/center attachment programme provides students with opportunities to explore the working environments in research labs and centers. Students are exposed to many cutting edge research projects, promising and emerging techniques, experimental, analytical, and system building skills, as well as academic publications. The objective of this programme is to give an edge to students’ future career or postgraduate study.

Over a third of SIS students complete two or more internships. Some SIS students have even served as many as four internships during their course of study. This lab/center attachment programme may serve as SIS students’ second or subsequent internships, after they have completed their first internships in a commercial setting.

This lab/center attachment must last at least 10 weeks continuously, on a full-time basis. It is also normal to extend to 12 to 16 weeks. In most cases, this attachment programme should be arranged during the vacation time in December or between May and August.

Each student or student team will work on an independent research project under the supervision of one or more faculty in a research lab/center. The supervisor(s) will guide the student(s) through one or more phases of research, such as problem/hypothesis formulation, literature survey, case study, solution design and implementation, experimentation and validation, technical writing and presentation.

 

PREREQUISITES

To register for this program, students must

  • Obtain the approval of the coordinator
  • Have an SIS faculty member who agrees to serve as his/her project supervisor
  • Have a GPA of 3.0 or better. (Strong preference, exception may be granted)
  • Students must have completed and fulfilled their first SIS internship requirements

ASSESSMENT

  • Project proposal 5%, early stage of the project (e.g., week 1)
  • Midterm report and feedback 35%, middle stage of the project (e.g., week 5)
  • Final presentation (45 minutes oral) 20%, final stage of the project (e.g., week 10)
  • Final report 40%, end of project
  • Supervisors will have to complete an online appraisal form at the end of the internship. The deadline for submission is within 1 month after the internship.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

  • Supervisors propose internship projects to DKHMCC (and cc to RXU programme coordinator), who will post them on OnTrac.
  • Students send their applications and resumes for projects they are interested in on OnTrac.
  • Supervisor assesses students' academic background and commitments, decides whether to supervise projects, and inform DKHMCC.
  • DKHMCC will send confirmation email to both supervisor and RXU coordinator.
  • Note: As this RXU lab/center attachment will be students’ 2nd or subsequent internship, students have the option of doing up another internship report.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)

You should have a sense of the broad research area(s) that you are interested in, e.g. data security. For research labs and centers, you may visit Research Labs & Centers Overview. For information on research areas of our faculty, you may visit our Faculty List by Disciplinary Areas. You should visit DKHMCC OnTrac, which contains the updated list of proposed lab/center attachment projects prior to the start of the programme.
Having identified a potential research project(s), you should send application(s) within DKMCC OnTrac. Then, you may consult the respective faculty members who proposed the projects. To ensure that there is sufficient time, you should start this process about 4 weeks prior to the start of the programme.
RXU lab/center attachment must last at least 10 weeks continuously, on a full-time basis. It is also normal to extend to 12 to 16 weeks. In most cases, this attachment programme should be arranged during the vacation time in December or between May and August. You must get your supervisor’s agreement on the start and the duration of the programme before registration.
RXU Lab/center attachment is not a module like IS470/471. You should register in DDKHMCC OnTrac.

PROCESS FOR APPLICATION AS RXU RESEARCH ASSISTANT

Research assistants are hired by faculty using internal or external grants to participate in faculty’s research projects.

SYNOPSIS

Hired by faculty using internal or external grants, research assistants work closely with the hiring faculty on the faculty’s research projects.

Students may be hired as part-time research assistants or full-time research assistants, mainly during the vacation time from May to August, and 4 weeks in December.

For part-time research assistants, the hiring faculty may choose to pay the students on an hourly basis, or a lump sum for entire assignment.

For full-time research assistants, the payment is made on monthly basis. If students have to work as full-time research assistants during term time, they need to apply for leave of absence, subject to approval by the Dean's Office.

Each student or student team will work on an independent research project under the supervision of one or more faculty in a research lab/center.

The supervisor(s) will guide the student(s) through one or more phases of research, such as problem/hypothesis formulation, literature survey, case study, solution design and implementation, experimentation and validation, technical writing and presentation.

International Students: Working on Student Pass

A full-time matriculated international student of the University holding a valid Student Pass may take up employment in Singapore during the vacation and is exempted from applying for a work permit as stated in the Work Permit Exemptions Notification.

However, during term time, a student holding a valid Student Pass is only allowed to work part-time for less than 16 hours per week. A letter of consent from either the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority or the University is not required. No approval is required.

 
 

PREREQUISITES

To become research assistants, students must

  • Have an SIS faculty member who agrees to serve as his/her project supervisor and pay according to SMU policies
  • Obtain the approval from the Dean’s office (for part-time research assistants) or from the Office of Research (for full-time research assistants)
  • Have a GPA of 3.0 or better. (Strong preference, exception may be granted)

ASSESSMENT

  • The assessment is given by the supervising faculty according to the requirements of the supporting grants.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

  • Student consults faculty supervisor to discuss possible project topic before start of programme (examples of project topics can be found in RXU projects)
  • Supervisor assesses student's academic background and commitment, and then decides whether to supervise project.
  • Student fills either the Part-Time RA Application Form or Full-Time RA Application Form to be signed by the supervisor and approved by programme coordinator, before start of programme.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)

You should have a sense of the broad research area(s) that you are interested in, e.g. data security. For research labs and centers, you may visit Research Labs & Centers Overview. For information on research areas of our faculty, you may visit our Faculty List by Disciplinary Areas. You should visit projects, which contains the updated list of proposed projects for research assistants.
Having identified a potential research project(s), you should consult the respective faculty members who proposed the projects. You can apply as a research assistant only after an SIS faculty member has agreed to assign the project to you and and hire you as research assistants at certain rates.

It is up to the supervising faculty to decide whom to hire, when to start, and when to end. While any time periods can be arranged upon the mutual agreement between the supervising faculty and the students, typical working periods include 8-10 weeks during the vacation time from May to August, and 4 weeks in December.

However, if students have to work as Full-Time research assistants during term time, they need to apply for leave of absence, subject to approval by the Dean's Office.

You must obtain the approval of from the Dean’s office (for part-time research assistants) or from the Office of Research (for full-time research assistants) prior to commencing work.

PROCESS FOR IS 480 / 481 : IS APPLICATION PROJECT

The IS Application Project enables the BSc (IS Management) undergraduate to develop the additional depth and experience required to become a Business IT professional. It allows a hands-on opportunity to apply IT solutions to problems either via industry or functional business areas.

Industries may range from financial services, logistics & supply chain, to healthcare services; while functional business areas refer to accounting, economics, finance, marketing, or operations, to name just a few.

Projects may be of any one of the following types:

  • Application development
    Build a working system, prototype or proof of concept. Students will develop a new application or build upon/integrate existing applications into a new system. Working in teams they will experience in the life cycle of a system from concept through delivery. They will deliver a working system that addresses a real problem.
  • Technology prototype
    Experiment by evaluating the capabilities of similar or competing technologies addressing a business-IT problem. The focus here is a deep understanding and benchmarking of existing technology or applications.

These can apply to the context of RXU when paired together with a project with an SIS Research Lab or Center. IS481 on the other hand, allows the student to do another IS480 and get IS Technical Depth Elective credit. Similarly, students may choose to apply this to the context of RXU.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

 

PROCESS FOR FACULTY

 

FOR IS470 / IS471 : GUIDED RESEARCH FOR INFORMATION SYSTEMS

  • Faculty supervisor contacts the course coordinator to post project information in the following format two months before the start of a term (June for term 1, October for term 2, and March for term 3)

    Faculty Project Type of work Working period Student
    name xxx e.g., data mining e.g., 2014-15 term 1, 2, or 3 ???

  • Supervisor waits for students to contact him/her. Alternatively, supervisor may contact students.
  • Supervisor assesses student's academic background and commitment, and then decides whether to supervise project.
  • Student fills an application (download for IS 470, download for IS 471) to be signed by the supervisor and approved by course coordinator, before start of term and submitted to SIS Dean's Office for enrollment.
  • Supervisor reports to the course coordinator regarding the accomplishments of the project after the end of term (March for term 1, June for term 2, and October for term 3).
 

FOR RXU LAB/CENTER ATTACHMENT

  • Faculty supervisor contacts DKHMCC (and cc RXU coordinator) to post project information in the following format three months before the start of programme (February for most programs running during May-August)

    Lab/Centre Faculty Project Job Title Job Description Working period Number of students Student(s)
    e.g., LARC name, designation, email, contact number xxx e.g, research engineer ... including possible allowance per month ($800-$1000 recommended) Start and end dates of internship e.g., 3 ???

  • Supervisor receives students’ applications from DKHMCC.
  • Supervisor assesses student's academic background and commitment, interacts with applicants, and then decides whether to supervise project.
  • Supervisor informs DKHMCC about his/her decision before start of programme.
  • DKHMCC will send confirmation email to both supervisor and RXU coordinator.
  • Supervisor reports to RXU coordinator regarding the accomplishments of the project after the end of programme.
  • Supervisor also has to complete an online appraisal form at the end of the internship. The deadline for submission is within 1 month after the internship.
 

FOR RXU RESEARCH ASSISTANTS

  • Faculty supervisor contacts the programme coordinator to post project information in the following format two months before the start of hiring (it is up to the faculty to decide the start time)

    Faculty Project Type of work Working period Part-time or full-time Payment scheme Number of students Student(s)
    name xxx e.g., empirical study e.g, 1 May 2014 to 30 June 2014 e.g., part-time Hourly rate, lump sum, or monthly salary e.g., 1 ???

  • Supervisor waits for students to contact him/her. Alternatively, supervisor may contact students.
  • Supervisor assesses student's academic background and commitment, and then decides whether to supervise project.
  • Student fills an application (download for part-time RA, download for full-time RA) to be signed by the supervisor and approved by the Dean’s Office for part-time RA or by the Office of Research for full-time RA, prior to commencing work.
  • Supervisor reports to the programme coordinator regarding the accomplishments of the project after the end of programme.
 

FOR IS480 / 481 : IS APPLICATION PROJECT

PROCESS FOR RXU COORDINATOR

 

RXU coordinator’s major responsibility is to promote RXU to faculty and students

  • In every June, October, and March:
    • Send emails to faculty to remind them to submit projects for the subsequent term, and report project accomplishments for the previous term.
  • In every July, November, and April:
    • Send emails to high-performance students to encourage them to interact with faculty regarding the posted projects and register in RXU for the subsequent term
  • Maintain the web site for RXU, design flyers and promote RXU in students’ gatherings.
 

For lab/center attachments as second or subsequent internships:

  • In every September, and February, three months before the start of internships:
    • Send emails to faculty (and cc to DKHMCC) to remind them to submit internship projects to DKHMCC (and cc to RXU coordinator) for the subsequent term.
    • Update the projects in RXU after receiving confirmation emails from DKHMCC regarding supervisors’ decisions.
  • After the end of internships:
    • Collate reports from supervisor regarding the accomplishments of internship projects.
    • Remind supervisor to complete an online appraisal forms within 1 month after the internship.
  • The current contact of DKHMCC: Ms. Wong Soo Mei (smwong@smu.edu.sg; 6808 5136)
 

For visiting students from Zhejiang University, the procedure of registering in IS 470 is given below:

  • Zhejiang (ZJ) sends a list of interested students to our IS470 coordinator
  • The IS470 coordinator will then send the list to SIS faculty to see if anyone is interested in supervising them in IS470
  • The coordinator will then co-ordinate the list of ZJ students who has willing SIS faculty supervisor
  • The list will be sent to ZJ to advise them
  • This list will also be sent to our OGL (SMU Exchange Office i.e. Office of Global Learning)
  • The ZJ students will arrive in Singapore and report to OGL to do all the necessary paperwork including obtaining a Student pass.

Last updated on 20 Nov 2017 .