Research and Creative Activity Enhancement Ideas for PhD Students

First Steps

  • Attend all Scripps College Colloquia
  • Attend Colloquia across Campus Related to Your Area of Interest

Second Steps

  • Submit Conference Papers to NCA, Regional Conferences, or Specialty/Boutique Conferences

Many students submit their Fall term papers to conferences during the Spring of the first year, their Spring term papers to conferences in the next Fall term, and so on so that there is almost always a paper under review for a conference.

Many students choose to start with submissions to the Student Section of NCA during Spring term of the first year, then to a topical division at a regional conference during Fall term of the second year, and then rotate submissions between topical divisions at NCA and regionals
Many faculty recommend that you present no more than two papers at any given conference.

Many faculty believe that, if you are presenting more than four papers per year, it is time to move into the third step.

  • Write and Submit a Book Review

Third Steps

  • Research Funding Opportunities to Support Dissertation Research
  • Examine Fellowships like the Fulbright, the FLAS award, and others that provide support for research development
  • Revise Conference Papers and Submit to Appropriate Journals

Fourth Steps and Beyond

  • Apply to Relevant Funding Sources
  • Revise and Resubmit Journal Submissions as Available

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Ideas to enhance teaching experience | Ideas to enhance research/creative activity experience | Ideas to enhance academic service experience | Ideas to prepare for entering governmental or intergovernmental service | Ideas to prepare for work in non-profit organizations

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Miller, J. L., Sandburg, S., & Kay, C. S. (Forthcoming). Diamonds in the rough: Claims, evidence, and reasoning in Facebook comments. 
American Behavioral Scientist.
Lippert, A., & Kay, C. S. (Forthcoming). Click for Dixie: Virtual plantation tours’ use of White nostalgia and directed narrative experience. Chapter proposal accepted for the edited collection, Subjectivities of Interactive Nostalgia

2017 Excellence in Service Award recipient, The National Society of Leadership and Success: Ohio University Chapter. Nominated by former students. Carson Kay was the only graduate student and the only humanities scholar awarded by the society.


Kay, C. S. (2018, January 29). Graduate school and you: Insight from a Viking alum. Invited Skype presenter to discuss the graduate school experience with Dr. Sam Nazione’s senior seminar communication course at Berry College.
Kay, C. S. (2017, November 16-19). The young judge’s dilemma: Examining the tension between established team friendship and objectivity in judging ‘cousin’ teams.” Paper presented at the 2017 National Communication Association Annual Convention, Austin, Texas.
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