Presentation on theme: "Milestones on the Way to the PhD"— Presentation transcript:
1 Milestones on the Way to the PhD Year 1: Getting StartedYear 2: Getting ImmersedYear 3: Getting FocusedYear 4+: Getting DoneBethany R. Lee, Ph.D.Associate Professor & Associate Dean for ResearchUniversity of Maryland School of Social Work
2 Preface Limitations: N=1 Your career goals and specific research trajectory should guide your journey.Acknowledgments: Special thanks to my University of Maryland School of Social Work colleagues who provided helpful suggestions for this presentation and my Washington University in St. Louis doctoral student colleagues and mentors who made my doctoral program a joy.
3 Year 1: Getting StartedFormal MilestoneProductivityGrantsmanshipNetworkingSuccessfully transition to a new identity as a Social Work Scholar
4 Year 1: Getting Started Year 1: Getting Started Formal MilestoneProductivityGrantsmanshipNetworkingFind 2-3 faculty in your program that intrigue you;Join a research team;Identify key journals in your area;
5 Year 1: Getting Started Year 1: Getting Started Formal MilestoneProductivityGrantsmanshipNetworkingRead grants your mentor or research team has received;
6 Year 1: Getting Started Year 1: Getting Started Attend a conference; Formal MilestoneProductivityGrantsmanshipNetworkingAttend a conference;Find a mentor or “academic sibling” in your program who you can learn from;
7 Year 2: Getting Immersed Formal MilestoneProductivityGrantsmanshipNetworkingComplete (or nearly) required coursework.Finalize your area of interest;Start to explore research focus/topic that will engage you through dissertation and beyond;
8 Year 2: Getting Immersed Formal MilestoneProductivityGrantsmanshipNetworkingIdentify a potential dissertation advisor;Co-author a paper;Develop an idea for a publication that you can lead;
9 Year 2: Getting Immersed Formal MilestoneProductivityGrantsmanshipNetworkingExplore dissertation funding sources;Pay attention to deadlines & requirements;
10 Year 2: Getting Immersed Formal MilestoneProductivityGrantsmanshipNetworkingSubmit an abstract to a conference;Consider summer training workshops;Attend job talks at your program;
12 Year 3: Getting Focused Develop & defend dissertation proposal; Formal MilestoneProductivityGrantsmanshipNetworkingDevelop & defend dissertation proposal;Submit a journal article for publication;
13 Year 3: Getting FocusedFormal MilestoneProductivityGrantsmanshipNetworkingSubmit a dissertation grant or two (or 3 if you are Byron Powell);“Life is a journey, not a destination.”-Ralph Waldo Emerson
14 Year 3: Getting FocusedFormal MilestoneProductivityGrantsmanshipNetworkingLead poster or paper presentation at national conference;Seek career advice from academic sibling(s)/mentors;Seek out new PhD student to mentor;
15 Year 4+: Getting Done Defend Dissertation; Land a job! Formal MilestoneProductivityGrantsmanshipNetworkingDefend Dissertation;Land a job!
16 Year 4+: Getting Done Focus on dissertation: Formal MilestoneProductivityGrantsmanshipNetworkingFocus on dissertation:Completion;Publications;Consider how to continue partnering on existing projects;Prepare job market materials:CVResearch StatementReferencesTeaching Statement
17 Year 4+: Getting DoneFormal MilestoneProductivityGrantsmanshipNetworkingBecome familiar with funding sources for post-docs or early career opportunities;Weigh the value of remaining longer in program (to resubmit grant, build research or teaching skills) vs. getting a job
18 Year 4+: Getting DoneFormal MilestoneProductivityGrantsmanshipNetworkingDevelop a support group for job market or dissertation writing;Learn about academic job opportunities from your mentors/colleagues at other schools;Consider non-academic job options;
19 A Bucket List for Doctoral Students Attend a conference outside of your main discipline;Find a teaching mentor in your home program;Find a research mentor outside your home program;Make friends with a student at another School;Learn time management tools that work for you;Look for ways to give back;Participate in a research project from conceptualization to dissemination;Learn more than one quantitative software program;Learn at least one qualitative software program;Find a reference management program you like and stick with it;
20 ThanksforyourInterest... And enjoy the journey!