KAIST Spring 2020

CS492D: 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, projects, assignments and student panels, we will cover the following:

  • Why do research?
  • How to choose research area, school, and advisor
  • How to find and read papers
  • How to recognize good research and do good research
  • How to design human studies
  • How to analyze results with basic stats
  • What happens to my paper after the submission
  • How to review papers
  • How to present your research
  • What are the research ethics
  • How to market yourself and your research
  • How to write research proposals
  • Life as a researcher

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

Distance Classes: During the distance class operation period, courses will be provided in real-time using ZOOM, and a video recording will be uploaded on KLMS.

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

Policy on Class Registration Approval: The space is limited because we want to provide high-quality feedback to each student. We believe this course would be most beneficial for students with no or very little research experience.

For those students who must take the course this semester, please send an email by 12pm of March 17th to i2r@nmsl.kaist.ac.kr and explain in English why you must take the course now

Course Staff

Prof. Juho Kim (juhokim@kaist.ac.kr), N1 #605
Prof. Sung-Ju Lee (profsj@kaist.ac.kr), N1 #706
Prof. Shin Yoo (shin.yoo@kaist.ac.kr), E3-1 #2405
TA: Jeongyeon Kim (imurs4825@gmail.com), N1 #624
Office Hours: TBD or by appointment

Staff Mailing List: i2r@nmsl.kaist.ac.kr

Time & Location

When: Mon/Wed 14:30-15:45
Where: N1-111


Course Website: https://kixlab.org/courses/i2r/
Submission & Distance Classes: KLMS
Discussion Forum: Campuswire
Previous Years: 2019 | 2018


  • 3/9: Welcome to the intro to research class!
  • 3/17: Created 'Links' tab for useful links from lecture slides
  • 4/7: Created 'Selected Papers' tab for papers selected by students
  • 4/28: Updated Assignment 5


Week Date Led by Topic Due
1 3/16 Lee Intro: What is research?
1 3/18 Lee How to choose area and advisor Assignment #1 (2pm)
2 3/23 Kim How to find papers for your research
2 3/25 Lee Panel: How I selected my research area and advisor Assignment #2 (2pm)
3 3/30 Yoo How to read papers: which is where?
3 4/1 Lee How to recognise good research and generate good ideas
4 4/6 Kim How to write a good paper Assignment #3 (2pm)
4 4/8 Yoo What happens to my paper: publication pipeline
5 4/13 Yoo How to review papers
5 4/15 - No class (Election Day) Assignment #4 (2pm)
6 4/20 All Abstract Workshop
6 4/22 Lee How to make good presentations
7 4/27 Yoo Panel: What to do when attending a conference for the first time
7 4/29 Lee How to write proposals
8 5/4 - No class (Midterm week)
8 5/6 - No class (Midterm week)
9 5/11 All Presentation Group #1 Slide Link
9 5/13 All Presentation Group #2 Slide Link
10 5/18 Kim Research Ethics
10 5/20 Lee Presentation Feedback Workshop
11 5/25 Yoo How to market yourself and your research Assignment #5 (2pm)
11 5/27 Yoo Statistical Analysis
12 6/1 Kim Designing Human Studies
12 6/3 Kim Life as a researcher
13 6/8 All Resume Workshop #1 Assignment #6 (2pm)
13 6/10 All Resume Workshop #2
14 6/15 Kim Panel: How to survive grad school Assignment #7 (2pm)
14 6/17 Yoo Job market/career paths Job market/career paths
15 6/22 - No class
15 6/24 - No class Assignment #8 (2pm)
16 6/29 - No class (Final week)
16 7/1 - No class (Final week)