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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).

The schedule for the 2014-2015 academic year will be posted by September 1st.


Spring 2014 PR Seminars:


Template Training / Workshop for Abstracts

Friday, February 14: 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 abstracts. In preparation for the March 21st submission of your first draft, this seminar will help you write a strong abstract. Having a clear overview of your project and findings can help you structure your PR effectively. As always, there will be time for a Q & A to address any problems you are encountering as you work.


Practicing Citations and Paraphrasing (Advanced Ethical Research and Writing Seminar)

Friday, February 28: 12:15-1:30 pm — SRH 3.314/3.355

This session will expand upon the fall seminar about ethical research and writing, though you do not need to have attended that session to come to this one.  We will go over different citation styles and discuss how to integrate citations gracefully, especially when you are using quotations. Students will have the opportunity to practice paraphrasing that fulfills ethical standards.


MANDATORY: Introduction to the Professional Report for August / December 2014 Graduates

Thursday, March 20: 12:15-1:30 pm — SRH 3.124

You should attend if you are planning to graduate in August or December 2014 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.


Revising the PR

Friday, April 11: 12:15-1:30 pm — SRH 3.314/3.355

This session will address late-stage writing issues to help you finish your PR draft by the April 25th deadline. The session will also help you merge the three templates into a single document and troubleshoot template issues where possible.