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Librarian Jay Bhatt Helps Support the Drexel IEEE Graduate Chapter’s Inaugural Symposium

May 10, 2024

On April 10, 2024, Engineering Librarian Jay Bhatt participated in the newly revived Drexel IEEE Graduate Chapter’s inaugural symposium.


During the symposium, Jay hosted two sessions: one on academic integrity in the age of AI and another on maximizing co-op searches. The event concluded with a student panel discussion about co-op experiences and advice. The event was open to students from across the University—not just engineering students—and was truly interdisciplinary.

Students attend the Drexel IEEE Graduate Chapter's inaugural symposium.
Students attend the Drexel IEEE Graduate Chapter's inaugural symposium.

Navigating the Waters of Academic Integrity with AI

During the first session, Research Integrity, ChatGPT, and Scholarly Communication, Drexel Engineering Librarian Jay Bhatt discussed the importance of academic integrity in the digital age, highlighting the use of ChatGPT and other large language models (LLMs) in academia. Key topics included the importance of citations, the impact of scientific misconduct, and the role of tools like Retraction Watch in maintaining research integrity. The discussion also covered the responsible use of LLMs in coding and writing academic papers, emphasizing the need for verifying AI-generated citations against credible sources.


Maximizing Co-op and Internship Searches

In the second session of the day, called Researching Information: Companies for Potential Employment Opportunities, Mr. Bhatt shared a roadmap for mastering co-op and internship searches. The presentation highlighted the benefits of using databases and resources available through the Drexel Libraries, including NAICS codes and the Mergent Intellect database. He shared other practical tips for using other Drexel University Libraries resources, like IEEE Xplore and IBIS World for detailed industry research.


Co-op Panel: Real Stories, Practical Advice

The event concluded with a panel discussion led by second-year graduate students Rahul Bolineni, MS computer science ‘24, College of Computing and Informatics, and Vighneshwar Sundaramurthy, MS computer engineering, ’24, College of Engineering. The panel discussion highlighted successful co-op stories from multiple Drexel students. Students shared their experiences and strategies, such as engaging directly with potential employers at career fairs, and the importance of personalized application processes. The session ended with a vibrant Q&A discussing strategies for effective networking and job application processes.


A New Chapter: Transforming Aspirations into Achievements

This symposium organized by students in the Drexel IEEE and Drexel IEEE Graduate Chapters was more than just a successful event—it spotlighted the Chapters’ dedication to nurturing integrity and enhancing career skills, equipping participants with the tools necessary to excel in their academic and professional endeavors.

 Students in the Drexel IEEE Graduate Chapter pose at the symposium.

Written by members of the Drexel IEEE Graduate Chapter