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KIAS Summer School 2016

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Kathmandu Institute of Applied Science (KIAS) is organizing Summer School 2016 “Frontiers in Scientific Research”. It aims to providing specialized trainings on various thematic areas from well trained and experienced scientists.

We successfully organized two such schools before: Summer School 2015 and Winter School 2016.

Target participants: Undergraduate and graduate (both MS and PhD) students and independent researchers.

Dates: 17-24 July, 2016 (total 15 hours/module; can be 3 hrs x 5 days)

Registration fee: Nrs. 4000/module

Summer School 2016 includes following modules:

Module 1: Smartphone for chemical and biological analyses

Instructors: Dr. Basant Giri & Dr. Bhanu Neupane

Smartphone is not just used for WhatsApp, Facebook or Angry Birds. It can also be used to understand multitude of scientific phenomena and in research. Recent years have seen the increasing use of smartphones in scientific research and education. For example: in measuring air pollution parameters, as a spectrophotometer, for testing cholesterol, breathe analysis for disease diagnosis, chemical analysis of amino acids and other chemicals etc.

In this short course, you will be briefed with important smartphone “apps” used in classroom and research. More importantly, you will get hands on experience on quantitative chemical analysis involving image analysis and making smartphone microscope for some applications.

Topics covered: Smartphones

  • “apps” in classroom and research
  • as scientific instrument-some examples
  • for quantitative chemical analysis
  • as Microscopy for some applications

Module 2: A short course on “R” for scientific data analysis

Instructors: Dr. Susma Giri, Dr. Prakash K. Paudel & Mr. Ramesh Sapkota

Why “R”?

  • An advanced programming language for statistical computing and graphing
  • Infinitely expandable
  • Most popular language for analytics
  • Its free to download and use

Topics covered:

  • Import & check data in R
  • Organize data and folders
  • Make effective graphs
  • Basic statistical analysis such as: linear regression, logistic regression, multiple regression, t-tests, ANOVA, Tukey’s post hoc tests etc.

Module 3: The nuts & bolts of publishing your research findings

Instructors: Dr. Basant Giri & Dr. Prakash K. Paudel

Publishing a research paper is one of the necessary steps in the scientific research process. Unpublished research is considered as non-existent. Apart from the dissemination of knowledge, publication of research findings in reputed journals greatly helps in graduation, promotion, grant applications and recognition among peers. Even if you generate a valuable data from your research, writing the findings and publishing in peer-reviewed journals is a daunting task. In todays “publish or perish” culture of science, strong writing skills are essential for progress.

This short course will guide you on how to initiate and write each section of a research manuscript efficiently starting from selecting relevant topic to submission to an appropriate journal. We will also talk on minimizing major mistakes in English writing. Second half of the course focuses on paper submission and editorial procedure, and responding to reviewer’s comments. Participants will have a number of on- and off-class exercises during the course.

Topics covered:

  • Which journal is the best?
  • Structure of paper
  • Why language is important?
  • Review and editorial process

If you are interested to participate, please submit your online application below.

Contact for questions

Dr. Susma Giri ([email protected])

About instructors

Dr. Basant Giri obtained his PhD in analytical chemistry from University of Wyoming. His research interests include developing low-cost analytical methods involving the use of smartphones for various applications. Currently he works in KIAS. He has published several research articles to his repute with ~130 citations & H-index 4. He is a reviewer in several international journals. He has been working with LabEdit, SciEdit, and Yelei, which provide manuscript-editing services to academic researchers.

Dr. Bhanu Neupane obtained his PhD in Physical chemistry from Kansas State University. His research interests include developing low-cost optical tools for applications in teaching and research. Currently he works in KIAS. He has published nearly two dozen high impact research articles. His publications have received ~250 citations with H-index of 8. He is recipient of several scientific awards and the “under-represented Chemist award” from IUPAC in 2015 is the most recent one.

Dr. Prakash K Paudel is the author of several research articles and a book. He is the founder executive editor of the international journal “conservation science”.

Dr. Susma Giri is an ecologist who has been extensively using R programming for past five years. She earned her doctorate degree from the University of Wyoming and received training on using R from one of the earliest users and experts of the program. She has published two peer-reviewed research articles in international journals.

Mr. Ramesh Sapkota is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in forest ecology at the University of Wyoming, USA. He is an assistant professor at the Central Department of Environmental Sciences, Tribhuvan University, Kirtipur, Nepal. He has over a decade of experience of teaching and research in Nepal.