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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.

 

Fall 2015 Seminars

Research Ethics/Working with Sources

Thursday, September 17: 12:15-1:30 pm — SRH 3.314/3.355

As a student and a policy professional, you’ll need to know how to research and work with a large variety of sources – from print to digital, primary and secondary, both quantitative and qualitative, and sometimes on a really tight deadline.  Come learn strategies you can use from initial research throughout the writing process to track, incorporate, and cite sources accurately and responsibly

Professional Report Basics (for May Graduates)

Friday, October 2: 12:15-1:30 pm — SRH 3.314/3.355

If you plan to graduate in May and are writing a Professional Report, this seminar is required, whether you are registered for PR hours through LBJ or through another department as part of a dual degree. You’ll meet other PR writers and learn basic information for successfully completing the project, using the PR template, and meeting required deadlines.

Research Tools and Literature Reviews

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

A literature review situates your research inside an existing scholarly community by placing your ideas alongside previously published work and showcasing the need for your unique input. Conducting the review can help you further refine your research questions. In this seminar you’ll dive deeper into scholarly and professional research tools and learn the context and format for writing a successful literature review.

PR and PRP Beyond the Basics: Telling Compelling Stories with Data

Friday, November 13: 12:15-1:30 pm — SRH 3.314/3.355

You’ve done the research and analyzed the results. But do your charts and figures really tell the story you want them to tell? Is there a more compelling visual way to present your findings? In this seminar you’ll evaluate different visual representations of data and discuss the theory and practice of incorporating visual elements into your policy reports.

 

Spring 2016 Seminars

Copyediting Academic and Professional Documents

Friday, January 29: 12:15-1:30 pm — SRH 3.314/3.355

In this seminar, you’ll practice the art and science of copyediting professional texts for formatting, style conventions, and grammar. You’ll learn to approach documents written by individuals as well as groups and gain a few tips for revising your own work more effectively. If you plan to attend, please email the writing center by 5 pm, Thursday January 28th, to receive the editing samples we’ll discuss. Be sure to bring your laptop or request a loaner from the writing center.

Professional Report Basics (for August and December Graduates)

Friday, October 2: 12:15-1:30 pm — SRH 3.314/3.355

If you plan to graduate in summer or fall and are writing a Professional Report, this seminar is required, whether you are registered for PR hours through LBJ or through another department as part of a dual degree. You’ll meet other PR writers and learn basic information for successfully completing the project, using the PR template, and meeting required deadlines.

Abstracts

Friday, March 25: 12:15-1:30 pm — SRH 3.314/3.355

After its title, the abstract is often the first encounter a reader will have with your professional report or research paper. A clear and comprehensive abstract will not only help the reader, writing it will help you refine the structure of your project before it is complete.  This seminar will help you write a strong abstract for your research project or report and will be especially helpful for PR writers.