On February 15, the Research and Doctoral (R&D) committee met to plan a “visit day” for five of the new admits to the SILS doctoral program. We developed a full-day schedule to introduce these potential students to the school, the UNC campus, current doctoral students, and their potential advisors. Prof. Gotz organized an afternoon session of “lightning talks” in which faculty and students were asked to describe their current research in three minutes. The visit day took place on February 24, and we were blessed with beautiful spring weather. Around a dozen speakers participated in the afternoon talks.
Reviewing applications and facilitating the doctoral admissions process has been the overwhelming focus of the R&D committee for the past several months. The bulk of that work is now mostly finished, and we await hearing back from those who were accepted into the program. In future meetings, the committee will reflect on the current cycle of admissions and discuss potential changes for next fall. For example, one item subject to change is the list of “Research Topics” in the doctoral application form. This list will be updated to better reflect the genres of research currently undertaken by SILS faculty.