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Year 1: Getting Started Year 4+: Getting Done Year 2: Getting Immersed Year 3: Getting Focused Milestones on the Way to the PhD Bethany R. Lee, Ph.D. Associate.

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1 Year 1: Getting Started Year 4+: Getting Done Year 2: Getting Immersed Year 3: Getting Focused Milestones on the Way to the PhD Bethany R. Lee, Ph.D. Associate Professor & Associate Dean for Research University 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 Formal Milestone NetworkingProductivity Grantsmanship Year 1: Getting Started Successfully transition to a new identity as a Social Work Scholar

4 Formal Milestone NetworkingProductivity Grantsmanship Year 1: Getting Started Find 2-3 faculty in your program that intrigue you; Join a research team; Identify key journals in your area; Year 1: Getting Started

5 Formal Milestone NetworkingProductivity Grantsmanship Year 1: Getting Started Read grants your mentor or research team has received; Year 1: Getting Started

6 Formal Milestone NetworkingProductivity Grantsmanship Year 1: Getting Started Attend a conference; Find a mentor or “academic sibling” in your program who you can learn from; Year 1: Getting Started

7 Formal Milestone NetworkingProductivity Grantsmanship Year 2: Getting Immersed Complete (or nearly) required coursework. Finalize your area of interest; Start to explore research focus/topic that will engage you through dissertation and beyond;

8 Formal Milestone NetworkingProductivity Grantsmanship Year 2: Getting Immersed Identify a potential dissertation advisor; Co-author a paper; Develop an idea for a publication that you can lead;

9 Formal Milestone NetworkingProductivity Grantsmanship Year 2: Getting Immersed Explore dissertation funding sources; Pay attention to deadlines & requirements;

10 Formal Milestone NetworkingProductivity Grantsmanship Year 2: Getting Immersed Submit an abstract to a conference; Consider summer training workshops; Attend job talks at your program;

11 Formal Milestone NetworkingProductivity Grantsmanship Year 3: Getting Focused Complete comprehensive exam (if applicable); Teach a course independently (if applicable);

12 Formal Milestone NetworkingProductivity Grantsmanship Year 3: Getting Focused Develop & defend dissertation proposal; Submit a journal article for publication;

13 Formal Milestone NetworkingProductivity Grantsmanship Year 3: Getting Focused Submit a dissertation grant or two (or 3 if you are Byron Powell); “Life is a journey, not a destination.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

14 Formal Milestone NetworkingProductivity Grantsmanship Year 3: Getting Focused Lead poster or paper presentation at national conference; Seek career advice from academic sibling(s)/mentors; Seek out new PhD student to mentor;

15 Formal Milestone NetworkingProductivity Grantsmanship Year 4+: Getting Done Defend Dissertation; Land a job!

16 Formal Milestone NetworkingProductivity Grantsmanship Year 4+: Getting Done Focus on dissertation: Completion; Publications; Consider how to continue partnering on existing projects; Prepare job market materials: CV Research Statement References Teaching Statement

17 Formal Milestone NetworkingProductivity Grantsmanship Year 4+: Getting Done Become 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 Formal Milestone NetworkingProductivity Grantsmanship Year 4+: Getting Done Develop 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  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;  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;

20 Thanks Interest for your... And enjoy the journey!


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