The Research and Technology Board of Yugra State University has approved best eight PhD students followed by a face-to-face selection round to participate in the Academic Postgraduate Degree Program.

On December 22, the university's Research and Technology Board held a face-to-face selection round which picked the following best eight PhD students to join the YUSU Academic Postgraduate Degree Program 2018:

• Aleksandra Kudrevatykh, Chemistry, with her research project "New optical sensors development based on anthraquinone derivatives to identify metal cations and anions in natural objects";
• Maria Permitina, Construction Engineering. Research project "Efficiency assessment of the ultradispersed quartz waste modified improver for mineral-bonding agent concrete";
• Irina Savchuk, Linguistics and Literature studies. Research project "Linguistic-cultural and structural-semantic features of Russian and English folklore legends";
• Dmitriy Sannikov, Economics. Research project "Food security assessment system improvement in the Northern region";
• Irina Sologubova, Chemistry. Research project "Polyfunctional materials based on complex oxides of transition metals";
• Marina Tolopilo, Linguistics and Literature studies. Research project "Psycholinguistic aspect of information transfer by means of cliched phrases based on international treaties in Russian and English languages";
• Anastasia Ustyuzhantseva, Economics. Research project "Economic security mechanisms improvement for fuel and power industry enterprises";
• Ekaterina Khaidukova, Economics. Research project "State regulation improvement of migration processes in the oil and gas producing region".

"From November, 10 to December, 22 YUSU was holding the candidate selection round among the university postgraduate students to join the program," said Ilona Lebedeva, head of Postgraduate Studies Office. "This project is meant to support and involve PhD students in research activities, help them make an academic career, and adapt to a postgraduate research environment aimed at improvement of academic staff training program in Yugra State University."

The candidate selection round was held based on the following criteria:

• research experience in the candidate's thesis field (based on submitted portfolio);
• educational, professional and other prominent achievements (based on submitted portfolio);
• ambitions and feasibility assessment (based on in-house expert assessment);
• assessment of the research project relevance within the candidate's thesis research along with its originality and practical significance (based on in-house expert assessment);
• public speech and scholarly dispute skills (presentation at the academic seminar within the thesis research).

English version by Azat Garipov.
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