KAIST Spring 2019

CS492A: Introduction to Research

Many (undergraduate) students at KAIST consider having a research career. Although there are research opportunities such as URP or lab internships, it is still difficult to assess whether research is right for oneself with such short research experience. Moreover, mentoring and guidelines for research beginners are not always available. This course is designed for students who want to understand which activities and tasks are involved in research and what characteristics and attitude are required to be great researchers. This course will provide students with a taste of various aspects of research, including how to find the right research area, how to approach your potential research advisor, how to identify papers to read, how to create good research ideas, how to write and present papers, how to interact with peers, and how to write a good CV.

Through a series of lectures, assignments, workshops, and student panels, we will cover the following:

  • Why do research?
  • How to select a research area and an advisor
  • How to generate (great) ideas
  • How to read papers
  • How to write papers
  • How to present your research
  • How to review papers
  • How to write research proposals
  • How to promote yourself and your research
  • Research ethics (human subjects, institutional review board, data management, conflicts of interests, etc.)

This course is open to highly motivated undergraduate students and also graduate students who are in very early stage of their research career.

Grading: There will be no midterm or final exams. Your grade will be based on how you excel at a series of assignments, workshops, presentation, project, in addition to your class participation

Policy on Class Registration: We are humbled by the interest shown by a great number of students on this course. As one of the goals of this course is to have the students experience various research activities and receive detailed feedback from the instructors, we have placed a limit on the number of students. We appreciate your understanding.

While the registration is currently full, we encourage you to monitor the status as registered students could drop. Even if you're not registered, if you have a strong interest in taking the course, please attend the classes in the first week, as we expect a few more positions to open up.

Course Staff

Prof. Juho Kim (juhokim@kaist.ac.kr, https://juhokim.com/), N1 #605
Prof. Sung-Ju Lee (profsj@kaist.ac.kr, https://sites.google.com/site/wewantsj/), N1 #706
Prof. Shin Yoo (shin.yoo@kaist.ac.kr, http://coinse.kaist.ac.kr/members/shin.yoo), E3-1, #2405
TA: Joon-Gyum Kim
Office Hours: TBD or by appointment
Class email: i2r@nmsl.kaist.ac.kr

Time & Location

When: Tue/Thu 10:30-11:45
Where: N1, #113
Class Website: http://intro2research.org


  • 2/18: Welcome to the intro to research class!
  • 3/1: Create link tab, useful links from the class slides
  • 4/2: Create submission link for presentation workshop slides


Week Date Led by Topic Due
1 2/26 Lee Intro: What is research?
1 2/28 Lee How to choose area and advisor
2 3/5 Yoo How to find papers for your research
2 3/7 Lee How to recognize good research and generate good ideas Assignment #1 (10am)
3 3/12 Lee [Panel] How I selected my research area and advisor
3 3/14 Yoo How to read papers: which is where?
4 3/19 Kim How to write a good paper Assignment #2 (10am)
4 3/21 Yoo What happens to my paper: publication pipeline
5 3/26 Yoo How to review papers Assignment #3 (10am)
5 3/28 All Abstract workshop
6 4/2 Lee How to make good presentations
6 4/4 Kim Designing human studies
7 4/9 All Presentation workshop #1 Slides submission: link (9 am)
7 4/11 All Presentation workshop #2 Slides submission: link (9 am)
8 4/16 - No class (Midterms week)
8 4/18 - No class (Midterms week)
9 4/23 Lee How to write proposals Assignment #4 (10am)
9 4/25 All Review workshop
10 4/30 Kim Research ethics
10 5/2 Kim How to market yourself and your research
11 5/7 Yoo [Panel] What to do when attending a conference for the first time Project (10am)
11 5/9 Yoo How to approach Statistical analysis
12 5/14 All Resume workshop #1 Assignment #5 (10am)
12 5/16 All Resume workshop #2 Assignment #6 (due: 5/20, 10am)
13 5/21 All Mock proposal review
13 5/23 All Mock proposal review
14 5/28 Kim Life as a researcher
14 5/30 Kim [Panel] How to survive grad school
15 6/4 Yoo Job market/career paths Assignment #7 (10am)
15 6/6 - No class (Memorial Day)
16 6/11 - No class (Finals week)
16 6/13 - No class (Finals week)

Previous course website: CS492C Fall 2018