Academic Professional Development
Program Formats

The Institute is a thematic, semester long strand of courses offered concurrently for a selected interdisciplinary cohort. The series will involve an orientation, six to eight 2 hour meetings based upon the theme, and a concluding session. The cohort meets over a 10 12 week span beginning a few weeks after the start of the semester and ending a few weeks before the end of the semester so that participants can focus on their semester coursework.

Cohorts are composed of 15 to 20 currently enrolled students who are selected via a competitive open application process. In addition to the benefits of an interdisciplinary cohort experience and thematic series content, participants may also be eligible for a one-time funding award, to be applied towards a conference presentation, supplemental research, or a professional development activity.
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The Seminars are singular, 2-hour offerings reflecting thematic sessions presented in the Series. The seminars are stand-alone sessions having no requirement for concurrent enrollment.
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The Dissertation Working Groups (DWGs) are small discipline-focused groups of 6 - 8 advanced doctoral candidates at the post-data collection stage. The groups are thematically situated as follows: Social Science, Humanities, Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education - Interdisciplinary, and Sciences, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM). The groups will use multiple writing strategies concentrating on moving each individual student's writing process forward towards completion of the dissertation.
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Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education - Interdisciplinary, Click here for more information.

Workshops are 10 week programs centered on a particular topic providing supportive and applied strategies to attendees. During the Fall 2013 semester the workshop focused on how to revise an unpublished paper from a previous course, conference, tc. into a publishable piece of work by the end of the 10th week. Attendees were taught various strategies through mini-lecturers, group work, and independent self-paced assignments.
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For additional information, please email uscapdev@usc.edu or call (213)740-3429.

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