A new pilot program, the Rising Dissertation Institute (RDI), is available for underrepresented (African American, Native American, Pacific Island and Hispanic) students who will begin a doctoral program in Fall 2019. This four day interactive workshop grew out of the successful Dissertation Institute (DI) that has been running for the past two years. The 2019 RDI will take place on Sunday, June 23 through Wednesday, June 26, 2019 on the University of California, San Diego campus. The Institute is funded by the National Science Foundation and hosted by Old Dominion University and Virginia Tech.Molecules on whiteboard

The Rising Dissertation Institute’s goals

1) Provide a timely orientation for rising doctoral students about preparing themselves to start graduate school

2) Create a mentoring network where current underrepresented graduate students at proposal and dissertation phases (DI participants) can mentor rising doctoral students.

RDI and DI participants will jointly attend sessions, but there will be offerings unique to RDI position in the doctoral program (rising vs dissertation phase).

Participants will be housed in a private room; will share a bathroom with one other participant; receive meals; and be reimbursed for travel costs up to $500. As a part of the application process, participants will be asked to identify their reasons to start a doctoral program and their process of finding an advisor. They will have to submit:

  •        A formal application
  •        A copy of their letter of acceptance; and
  •       Their C.V.

The application deadline is Wednesday, May 1, 2019. Learn more about this opportunity.

If you have questions, please email them to dissertationinstitute@gmail.com.