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Year by Year:Progress through the PhD
Laura OgdenGraduate Program DirectorGlobal & Sociocultural Studies
Why keep to this schedule?
Ensure:Progress from classes to research is timelyDissertation research is fundedGood mentorship is available earlyHelps us access student progress and our programKeeps you on track with graduate school paperwork
YEAR 1
Fall SemesterAssigned temporary faculty mentorTake SYA 6127 (Theory & Inquiry)Choose classes/professors that “fit” your interestsLook for appropriate theory/methodscoursesSpring SemesterTake ISS 6305 (Research Methods & Design)Choose classes/professors that “fit” yourinterestsLook for appropriate theory/methodscoursesProgress GoalsBy year’s end: choose committee chair, decide on major (file form with GDP)Meet with temp mentor for annual evaluation of progress.Start looking around for an external committee memberUse courses to advance dissertation topic (lit reviews)
YEAR 1 SUMMER
Language Training (if needed for research)Internship/Preliminary FieldworkIRB Training Certification
YEAR 2
FallTake SYA 6317 (Social Research Quant Methods 1)Choose classes/professors that “fit” your interestsLook for appropriate theory/methods coursesSpringTake SYA 6959 (Writing Research Proposals)Choose classes/professors that “fit” your interestsLook for appropriate theory/methods coursesProgress GoalsFile D1(committee form) by year endMeet with Dissertation chair for annual evaluationFinish required courseworkUse courses to advance dissertation topic (lit review,quals)
YEAR 2 SUMMER
Goal:transformSYA 6959proposal into a proposal for submission to funding organizationNSF deadline Aug. 15 (for example)Continue Language Training (if needed)
YEAR 3
FallTake Exam Prep Hours (6 max)Comp ExamsDefend ProposalSpringSubmit DEA & other proposalsPreliminary Fieldwork (local, archival, etc.)Prepare IRB proposal (for D3)Progress GoalsSubmit D2 and D3 to grad school
YEAR 3 SUMMER
FieldworkNetwork with scholars outside FIU
YEAR 4
FallDissertation FieldworkSpringFinish Dissertation FieldworkPrepare outline for DissertationProgress GoalsFieldwork supported by external funds or DEAPresent Paper at Conference
YEAR 4 SUMMER
Start writing dissertationApply DYFGoal: Draft article for publication (coauthor with mentor or solo)
YEAR 5
FallDissertation about 3/4 finishedSpringRough Draft – early Feb – to committee.Early: File D5 (preliminary approval & announcement) 3 weeks before defense dateApply for postdocs & jobsProgress Goals:Finishby end of year 5 or Summer Year 6Year 5 supported through DYF or TANext Steps in place (postdoc, job, temp teaching)

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