Pre-Conference Mentoring Seminar for Graduate Students at AERA 2014

From Dissertation to Completion and Beyond: A Mentoring Seminar for Graduate Students of Color, Including International Students

Division G Graduate Student Pre-Conference Seminar—Thursday, April 3, 2014
8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Event Information:

Division G Graduate Student Executive Committee has organized a professional development seminar for graduate students. This pre-conference seminar will provide students with excellent opportunities for professional development and a chance to gain a better understanding of how to make a smooth transition from dissertation completion to finding a job.

Seminar Topics:

This interactive seminar format will include both plenary sessions and specialized break-out group sessions focusing on four areas:

  • From Dissertation to Completion: How do you find balance in your life given the demands of your doctoral degree program?
  • Career Path of Academics: What do you need to know before entering the academic and non-academic job market?
  • Dissertation Writing and Publishing: What are the general principles of scholarly writing? The discussion will include the process of dissertation conversion for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.
  • Mentoring Across Differences: How to navigate the academy through creating, maintaining, and preserving your identity. This forum aims to provide advice and guidance on how to maintain your identity as a scholar of color or as an international scholar.

Application Process:

Space is limited and registration for participation is required. The event is open to students in any stage of their doctoral degree program; however, the break-out sessions are focused on issues specific to the concerns of doctoral students in the dissertation stage. Interested students should submit an application by 11:59 p.m. EST on March 14, 2014 to The application should include a CV along with a 1-2 page statement of interest with the following information:

  • Personal information including name, email address, telephone number, institution, your status (year in program, information such as writing a proposal or writing dissertation), and your research interests, methodological approaches to research
  • One or two issues or problems you hope this seminar will address / what you would like to ask the panelists
  • Your career goals and job search timeline

Applications will be reviewed on the basis of the following criteria: the overall quality and thoughtfulness of the application letter, and the degree to which the applicant would benefit from the seminar, given the contents of the letter. Consideration will also be given to providing an equitable and diverse representation of participants on the basis of gender, ethnic/racial status, type of university, disciplinary/research interests, etc.

If you have any questions, please write to Division G Student Executive Committee at:

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