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Professional Report Seminar Series

The Professional Report (PR) is a committee-supervised, independently written policy analysis report, which takes a year to complete. The Writing Center offers a series of Professional Report seminars for currently enrolled LBJ School graduate students. Through lectures and collaborative activities, these seminars help students work step-by-step through the stages of the PR writing process.

Follow these links to learn more about the PR process, PR timelines for the LBJ School, PR template, and IRB process (if you are using human subjects).

Spring 2014 PR Seminars:


MANDATORY FOR PR WRITERS: Introduction to the Professional Report for May 2015 Graduates

Friday, October 10: 12:15-1:30 pm — SRH 3.314/3.355

You should attend if you are planning to graduate in May 2015 and are writing a Professional Report. This is for all students completing the PR, whether you are registered for PR hours through LBJ or through another department as part of a dual degree. This session will introduce resources for completing the PR and will allow members of the PR cohort to meet each other. The session will cover basic information for successfully completing the PR, using the PR template, and meeting PR deadlines.


PR/PRP Template Training

Friday, October 24: 12:15-1:30 pm—SRH 3.314/3.355

Bob Penman from the Office of Graduate Studies will train you on how to use the OGS template for your Professional Report. The second half of the session will focus on the updates to this template that you will use for your PRP sections if your director is pursuing publication through the LBJ PRP Series.


5 Research Tools Every Public Affairs Student Needs & How to Write a Literature Review

Friday, November 14: 12:15-1:30 pm — SRH 3.314/3.355

Head Librarian, Access Services & Public Affairs Librarian Stephen Littrell has put together a comprehensive, nimble portal for research in public affairs. Come and learn how best to use the research tools he has compiled. A librarian will teach you strategies and review resources. This is a vital seminar for anyone who has not yet conducted in-depth, graduate-level research in public affairs.

In addition, this seminar will offer guidelines for drafting literature reviews. We will discuss how research strategies can make drafting of lit reviews easier.