Common themes that emerge whenever students (and tutors) describe the SDP experience are that it is intense, exhausting, challenging, horizon-expanding; that it is incredibly useful .. and fun. The feedback we receive from students helps us ensure that the programme stays bang up to date with current trends and developments in Internet studies, and that the programme continues to deliver on its central purpose: to provide support for doctoral students as they embark on their theses.
Here are some of the lovely things they said about this summer’s programme:
We are pleased to say that Marcus Foth and Jean Burgess (Creative Industries Faculty, Queensland University of Technology) will be involved in the 2010 OII Summer Doctoral Programme. They are familiar faces .. firstly as SDP2004 students, and more recently as hosts of the SDP2009 in Brisbane. We caught up with Marcus and Jean, and wondered first: why were they keen to host SDP2009?
MF: Our experience as student participants in the SDP2004 in Oxford was so useful with long-lasting networks formed, that we were keen to participate in another SDP. I managed to do that by helping out with the SDP2007 at Harvard, but we also wanted to reciprocate some of these benefits by hosting our very own SDP.
It was a lot of work and effort, but well worth it, since we tremendously enjoyed interacting with just under 30 brilliant students from all over the world for two weeks, and a stellar cohort of tutors and faculty. So it was a win/win situation.
We are delighted to announce that The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University will join as a partner for the eighth Oxford Internet Institute Summer Doctoral Programme (SDP), to be held in Oxford from 5-16 July 2010.
The Summer Doctoral Programme brings together doctoral students engaged in dissertation research relating to the Internet and other information and communication technologies in order to enhance the quality and significance of their thesis research and to create a peer network of excellent young researchers. The Berkman Center have partnered with us every year since the programme was launched in 2003, and the SDP2007 was kindly hosted by the Berkman Center at their home in Cambridge, MA.