This may be of interest.
In past years, several students have found this a wonderful opportunity and the DC location should make travel affordable! In addition if you are accepted to the colloquium, then your conference fees are waived.

Suzie Allard, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Research, College of Communication & Information
Professor, School of Information Sciences
Director, Center for Information & Communication Studies

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    Doctoral Colloquium at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Association for
    Information Science and Technology
    Washington, D.C. (Crystal City, Virginia)
    Tuesday, October 31, 2017 8:30-12:30
    Doctoral students are invited to participate in the 2017 ASIS&T Doctoral
    Colloquium, which will take place as part of the 2017 Annual Meeting of the
    Association for Information Science and Technology in Washington, DC
    (Crystal City, Virginia). This half-day event is intended for those of you
    in the later stages of your dissertation research; this means that you are,
    for example, post-proposal, have a completed research design, or have begun
    data collection. Pre-proposal students will also be considered. If you are
    accepted for the Doctoral Colloquium, your conference fee will be waived.
    The 2017 ASIS&T Doctoral Colloquium provides you with a supportive and
    critical learning opportunity to discuss your work at whatever stage it is
    in with senior mentors and Colloquium participants. In your one-on-one
    session with your senior faculty mentor, you will have the opportunity to
    receive feedback and comments about your work. There will also be an
    opportunity for an open discussion session where you can ask the doctoral
    mentors questions about careers, job searches, managing an academic career,
    or other topics of interest. Another goal of the Colloquium is to develop a
    supportive community within which you can begin to develop your professional
    network by interacting with peers and senior scholars in information
    science.  The organizers will invite a group of prominent professors and
    experts to serve as mentors during the Doctoral Colloquium.
    To benefit from the Doctoral Colloquium, you should be a PhD student, and be
    in the post-proposal stage of your dissertation research, have a completed
    research design, or have begun data collection; this way, participants and
    mentors may be of help in shaping and framing the research and analysis
    activities. Pre-proposal students will also be considered.
    How to submit
    Submit your completed proposal to the conference review system at:
    All proposals submitted to the Doctoral Colloquium will undergo a thorough
    reviewing process with a view to providing detailed and constructive
    feedback. The Doctoral Colloquium program committee will select the best
    submissions for participation. The student winners of the proposal and
    dissertation of the year awards will be invited to the Colloquium without a
    submission. We expect to accept a total of 15 participants.
    Submit a nomination letter from your advisor or chair and a five-page
    description (in English) of your PhD research proposal or dissertation
    project electronically via the conference submission system. Your
    description must address each of the following questions:
    Problem statement: What is the problem that you are addressing?
    1.	Relevance: Why the problem is important?
    2.	Related work: How have others attempted to address this problem?
    3.	Research question(s): What are the research questions that you plan
    to address?
    4.	Approach: How are you planning to address your research questions?
    5.	Evaluation plan: How will you measure your success - faster/more
    accurate/less failures/etc.?
    6.	Preliminary results: Do you have any preliminary results that
    demonstrate that your approach is promising?
    7.	Implications: What are the theoretical, methodological and practical
    contributions of your work?
    Additionally, all submissions must be single-author. Please acknowledge your
    PhD advisor(s) and other contributors in the Acknowledgements section. Your
    application statement will not be published. Students accepted to present at
    the Doctoral Colloquium must plan to attend the full Doctoral Colloquium on
    October 31, 2017 and the Student Awards session on November 1, 2017 in order
    to gain as much value as possible from the experience.
    Important dates
    Deadline for submission: July 14, 2017
    Decisions made: August 25, 2017
    If you have questions, please contact the Colloquium organizers
     <mailto:[log in to unmask]> Dr. Howard Rosenbaum
    <mailto:[log in to unmask]> Dr. Pnina Fichman
    School of Informatics and Computing
    Indiana University
    Naresh Agarwal
    ASIS&T Annual Meeting 2017 Co-Chair
    ASIS&T 2017 Annual Meeting
    Crystal City, VA
    Oct. 27th - Nov. 1, 2017
    Diversity of Engagement: Connecting People and Information in the Physical and Virtual Worlds
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