Interdisciplinary PhD Program in Urban Design & Planning


PhD Colloqiuim (URBDP 598)

Where and when?

Meetings are scheduled every Tuesday from 11:30 AM to 12:20 PM (see specific quarter for location).

If you plan on attending, you should register for the course (URBDP 598) for a single credit.

Note: you are required to register for this for 3 quarters during your tenure in the program.

Requesting a day to present:

We would like to have a tentative schedule for the year laid out soon, so to request a date for your presentation, or to suggest a topic or guest presenter, send e-mail to Tracy Fuentes. Please indicate the date you want as well as the topic you intend to present. Include files and/or links if you want.

What to present?

The colloquium can be as formal or informal as you want, but if it is your day you need to lead the session. In the past sessions have been used for such purposes as:

  • job talks
  • practice sessions for conferences or other public speaking engagements
  • "bouncing ideas" about research topics

Presenters should bring their own laptops if they need to present PowerPoint or other projected media (the room has a dedicated projector). Send any relevant files or links you want posted to Jean Rogers.

Ideas for other topics (some with faculty advising):

  • funding strategies
  • job search strategies
  • postdoc information
  • publishing strategies
  • general exams

Why register?

  • you will get to know what other students are doing and vice versa
  • you get to practice your talks
  • this is guaranteed to be the easiest 1 credit per quarter you will ever take
  • there might be soup!

Sample: Schedule for Autumn 2011:

October 18: "Preparing for the job talk," by Jan Whittington

November 1: Briefly cover upcoming Winter classes, followed by a discussion of upcoming conferences, paper submittal dates, etc.

November 15: Research Tools discussion (EndNote, Mendeley, etc.)

November 29: Pizza + a faculty perspective on the Oral and General Examination