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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). As you research your report, use this guide to resources compiled by UT librarian P. G. Moreno.

Spring 2015 PR Seminars:


Editing Policy and Academic Documents

Friday, February 6: 12:15-1:30 pm — SRH 3.314/3.355

This seminar will give you practice in editing and copyediting texts. The activities will help you identify where you need to brush up on grammar rules. Becoming a better editor will also help you revise your own work more effectively. If you plan to attend, please email Sasha West ( by 5 pm, Thursday February 5th, to receive the editing samples we will be discussing.


Writing the PR Abstract

Friday, March 6: 12:15-1:30 pm— SRH 3.314/3.355

In preparation for the March 20th submission of your first draft, this seminar will help you write a strong abstract. Having a clear overview of your project and findings can also help you structure your PR effectively. There will be time to address any problems you are encountering as you work.


MANDATORY FOR PR WRITERS: Introduction to the Professional Report for August 2015 and December 2015 GraduatesRESCHEDULED

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

You should attend if you are planning to graduate in summer or fall 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.


Professional Report Fair: GPAC Brown Bag Event

Wednesday, April 29: 12:15-1:45 pm — SRH 3.124

Curious what your colleagues have been working on this year? Students finishing their Professional Reports will present their findings and give advice to others who are planning on completing PRs. Learn about the writers' discoveries and difficulties along the way. This event will be particularly valuable for dual-degree students or anyone considering writing a Professional Report in 2016.