A day of programs focused on career planning, managing your financial aid, and preparing for quals/ proposal /dissertation. The idea behind the name came after talking to many doctoral students who felt isolated and lost after finishing coursework; specifically, after taking quals. The SSC team began to focus attention on the trajectory of a doctoral student and saw a need to re-orient and re-engage students at this pivotal point in their academic careers at CGU.
1. change the focus or direction of
2. find one's position again in relation to one's surroundings
February 3, 2017
8:30am - 5:30pm
Stauffer Hall of Learning
Albrecht Auditorium, unless otherwise noted
925 N. Dartmouth Avenue, Claremont, California
8:15 to 8:55 - Registration & Continental Breakfast
Strategies for Moving from Coursework to Completion with Patrick Mason, Jason Siegel, Michelle Bligh, and Melissa Rogers
10:45 to 11:00 - Break
When coursework ends and your time to dissertation stretches out in front of you, there is a sense of delicious anticipation; it is time at last to focus on your research. And yet, you can also experience a loss of direction. This session focuses on creating a structure for yourself, mapping a timeline to completion, planning milestones and checkpoints to make sure you are on track to finish, and fitting in opportunities to develop key aspects of your academic portfolio.
12:00 to 1:15 - Lunch in DesCombes Courtyard
Do you know how to find out your repayment options for Federal student loans after you graduate? Do you know who to contact for information to start paying or deferring your Federal student loans? Do you know your loan balance?
2:00 to 2:15 - Break
This session will focus on building the sustainable writing practices necessary for undertaking a long-term project like a dissertation systematically and comfortably — without making yourself crazy. We will discuss productive writing habits, the importance of support through the writing process, and campus resources that can help you from research through revision.
Planning Your Non-Academic Career Path with Christine Kelly
What do you do with your PhD if you don't want to be a professor? This is a tough question to answer since there are multiple paths you can take. In this session we'll discuss how to blaze your own trail and find the best path for you.
Planning Your Academic Career Path with Shamini Dias
Entering and succeeding in an academic career takes careful planning and time. This session helps you focus on how to best prepare yourself to enter an academic career. We will introduce the Academic Career Road Map and strategies for developing a strong academic portfolio so that you are well equipped and ready to begin your academic job search process.
4:30 to 5:30 - Reception in Stauffer Lobby