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Academic Success Presentation

  1. 1. Mark Todd Associate Dean for Graduate Programs USC College
  2. 2. “If Socrates was right that the unexamined life is not worth living then to be devoted to such a place as this is to have a love affair with life” Dean Howard Gillman, USC College
  3. 3. From… To…
  4. 4. Recruit the best graduate students   Help students thrive at USC  Provide professionalization opportunities  Expect students to become stewards of their discipline  Expect students to graduate in a timely manner  Position students to land a great job
  5. 5. Year 5 •Write Year 4 dissertation •Continue •Publish papers research •Defend Year 3 •Attend dissertation conferences •Pass Qualifying •Interview for •Apply for Examination job/postdoc external funding •Establish •Graduate Year 2 Dissertation Committee •Take courses •Formulate •Look for an research advisor •Begin research •Establish Year 1 Guidance Committee •Take courses •Pass screening exams
  6. 6. Based on my observations, the quot;successfulquot; students  have done the following: established a research topic early; worked as a Research Assistant; cultivated relationships outside the department Talk to the other students in your class. The sooner a  new student does that the sooner you realize that it is hard for everyone and you are not alone in this Find an advisor that compliments your personality and  who you can get along with personally... just because you're interested in the same things academically doesn't mean you will be a good match
  7. 7. Stay on top of things but don't forget to give yourself  time off. Just because you're a grad student doesn't mean you can't take the weekend or evening off When in doubt, ask a senior student in your department  Be humbled by the infinity of knowledge out  there, understand that there will always be more to read, research, and do than can be humanly done, and appreciate the magic of the tiny piece you got, Accept it: We're all idiots! Read until your brain hurts, and then read some more 
  8. 8. You’re doing your future… Present at important  conferences Publish in good journals  Apply for external funding  Enter scholarly competitions  Write a grant  Develop curricula as a  Teaching Assistant Develop networks with non-  USC faculty
  9. 9. USC commencement ceremony, Alumni Park
  10. 10. …a good one!
  11. 11. Recent Faculty Positions Recent Postdoc Positions  Yale  Harvard  Harvard  Stanford  Ohio State  MIT  Kansas  Brown  Georgia Tech  USC  University of Missouri  Cambridge (UK)  UC Irvine  UCLA  UC Santa Cruz  Cornell
  12. 12. Faithful  Scholarly  Skillful  Courageous  Ambitious 