UST Launches "Young Scientist Research Program 2021"

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UST Launches "Young Scientist Research Program 2021"

- Providing doctoral candidates with opportunities to conduct self-directed research studies -

 The University of Science and Technology (UST, President Ieehwan Kim) has announced the launching of its 2021 Young Scientist Research Program.


 This program is designed to strengthen self-directed research capacities among students by providing them with research opportunities, covering all steps from research project planning to the final evaluation of their work. Selected students will receive research funding and, over the course of one year, will conduct the research projects that they have planned. Students will receive expert feedback at each step of the program, including selection evaluation, progress evaluation, and final evaluation, with academic advisors providing the students with guidance and support throughout the course of the program.


 Details on the Young Scientist Research Program will be posted on Thursday, March 27th, and 30 proposed research projects will be selected among applicants based on their creativity and impact. The selected research projects will receive funding for one year, beginning on September 2021. By allowing students who have completed a fewer number of semesters than stipulated in previous years, applicant eligibility has been expanded by 97%. The actual reception rate is also expected to double compared to the previous year. Furthermore, research autonomy was increased by improving the length of research design plans and the standards for using research funds, based on feedback from participating students.


In order to improve students' research planning capacities, UST encourages them to write a research plan that considers how their research will be used in the future, including why they think their proposed research project is necessary and their research methods. The following core capacities for emerging researchers are implemented, so that students can manage the varying degrees of their research capacities as they improve over the course of their project: conceptual knowledge for each research area; improvement of research skills; communication skills; professionalism; leadership and management of research project operations; and responsible research methods.


 Dr. Seonghoon Lee, a graduate of the UST Korea Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute, who participated in the Youth Scientist Research Program in 2019, stated that, through the program, he developed the basic skills required for research planning, writing finalized research reports, and presenting his work all on his own. The Young Scientist Research Program has been well received among those involved, with an average student satisfaction score of 93 points and an average academic advisor satisfaction score of 96 points over the past three years.


 In addition, UST President Ieehwan Kim said that UST’s goal is to help foster field-oriented young researchers by identifying the needs of both the public and industrial sectors and by developing stronger, project-oriented education models that lead to technological innovation. He also added that there are plans to recognize the Young Scientist Research Program as an educational standard that can be implemented as a required program for UST doctoral students in the future.



 As an educational institution under the direct jurisdiction of the Ministry of Science and ICT (MSIT), UST currently offers 46 majors in the field of emerging integrated and convergence technologies by granting educational functions to 32 national research institutes in Korea. Through opportunities to participate in national research projects, UST students can not only obtain knowledge and develop skills from excellent faculty members, but also receive field-oriented education utilizing cutting-edge research facilities and equipment.