Graduate Research in Progress Seminars (GRiPS)

The Graduate Research in Progress Seminars (GRiPS) are held to provide doctoral students an opportunity to gain presentation experience, receive constructive feedback, and learn from their peers.
Furthermore, all doctoral students who have successfully passed the doctoral dissertation screening must orally defend their knowledge of the contents of the dissertation and the connected field at an oral examination in front of the Screening Committee. Hence, GRiPS is an important part of preparing students for the difficulty of oral presentation and defense of their dissertation, which is required to obtain the Doctoral Degree.
GRiPS is not only beneficial to those currently working on their PhD research, but also to those who wish to know more about the PhD program and the research involved and for Master’s students to learn from senior students. When presenting PhD students discuss the progress of their research and respond to questions and comments from the audience.


GRiPS is usually held once per semester on a Wednesday.
* In the case the number of presenters exceeds 4, another GRiPS session may be held.


Doctoral students currently enrolled in the program. Students are required to give at least 2 presentations while enrolled in the program as follows.
Presentation 1: By the end of the 3rd semester
Presentation 2: Before applying for candidacy

Time and content of the presentations:

Presentations include the outline, progress and plan (schedule) of the research for doctoral dissertation. Presentations are limited to 15 minutes per student and are allocated up to 20 minutes of question and answer period.


All doctoral and Master’s students, interested faculty and other students

Important Points

- Advice, questions and points raised by faculty other than the supervisor are considered useful and valuable feedback for presenters. Therefore, all faculty are encouraged to attend to provide such opportunities to students.
- Participation of all 1st semester PhD students in the first seminar of each semester is mandatory.
- Supervisors are requested to provide assistance so that students can advance with their research as planned and present at GRiPS.

Further details of GRiPS are announced at the beginning of every semester.

Research Support

Please see the following page for information on research support and procedures for conducting field research, etc.

Research Support