International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development

International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development


International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development
International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development
Vol. 9, Issue 11 (2022)

Design and development of a web-based application for the allocation/selection of project supervisors for undergraduate research scholars in tertiary institutions in Nigeria


Assor Emmanuel D, Buffington Natan Friday

The challenge of transparent allocation of research resources in tertiary institutions has lingered for a very long time. Several Nigerian Universities/Polytechnics have adopted and continued with the inefficient manual system where students of choice are chosen by supervisors, based on some selfish or perverted reasons, this has led to poor management of the system leaving the undergraduate with little or no self-confidence to independently complete their research under constructive supervision. This manual approach has failed over and over again, and this has caught the interest of researchers in recent years. Several attempts have been made by researchers to automate this process and eliminate the errors of the manual method; however, their research has also been met with some drawbacks which make them inefficient to replace the manual method. In this work, we have designed and developed a web-based application for the allocation/selection of project supervisors to undergraduate research scholars in tertiary institutions in Nigeria. Our research aims to bring a web-based application for the efficiency of research coordinators in effectively selecting research supervisors for undergraduates, with its objectives to examine the existing model for undergraduate research supervisor allocation, create a user interface for eligible users, and identify stakeholders relating to the undergraduate research supervisor allocation system. The Agile methodology was adopted in this approach. The system was implemented using web-based tools such as PHP, HTML, CSS, MYSQL, and JavaScript. The results of the system demonstrate an increased efficiency in supervisor selection based on supervisors’ area of specialization which will in turn bring out the best from the research student, project topic submission and approval, monitoring, and general management of the undergraduate research program. The proposed system could be beneficial to the undergraduates, the project supervisors, the research coordinators, and the research community interested in this field.
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How to cite this article:
Assor Emmanuel D, Buffington Natan Friday. Design and development of a web-based application for the allocation/selection of project supervisors for undergraduate research scholars in tertiary institutions in Nigeria. International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development, Volume 9, Issue 11, 2022, Pages 31-39