Tracking My Phd Progress

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This is a draft page! Content here is a work-in-progress and will be changing drastically over the next few weeks

I will be tracking my PhD progress both for myself but also for other students who intend to pursue a doctorate at the Graduate School of Education at Stanford. As such, this page will be updated frequently to track this progress rather than post a new update. I also hope that this transparency is useful for people who are applying and want to know what life as a PhD student in the GSE is like.

My program requires enrollment in our doctoral core each quarter (Proseminar I, II, and III) as well as a methodology core of our choosing. And to specialize in the Developmental and Psychological Sciences (DAPS) track, I need to take 4 courses. And then complete up to 135 units of additional coursework (which includes research coursework).

Coursework Requirements

  • DOCTORAL CORE — EDUC 325A Proseminar I (3 units)
  • DOCTORAL CORE — EDUC 325B Proseminar II (3 units)
  • DOCTORAL CORE — EDUC 325C Proseminar III (3 units)
  • METHODS CORE — PSYCH 251 Experimental Methods (3 units)
  • METHODS CORE — EDUC 252 Introduction to Test Theory (3 units)
  • METHODS CORE - EDUC 464 Measuring Learning in the Brain (3 units)
  • GRADUATE RESIDENCY CREDIT TRANSFER — Transfer credits from Masters1 (45 units)
  • DAPS COURSE #1 — EDUC 469 Workshop and Reading Group in Child Development (3 units)
  • DAPS COURSE #2 — EDUC 465 DAPS Faculty Seminar (3 units)
  • DAPS COURSE #3 — PSYCH 246 Cognition and Neuroscience Friday Seminar (3 units)
  • DIRECTED READING & RESEARCH — EDUC 480 and 490 (as many as it takes to reach 135 units)2

Research Goals + Projects

  • Yearly conference submission (Year 1)
  • Yearly conference submission (Year 2)
  • Yearly conference submission (Year 3)
  • Yearly conference submission (Year 4)
  • Yearly conference presentation (Year 1)
  • Yearly conference presentation (Year 2)
  • Yearly conference presentation (Year 3)
  • Yearly conference presentation (Year 4)
  • First-year Review
  • Second-year Review
  • Qualifying Paper
  • Yearly fellowship/grant application (Year 1)
  • Yearly fellowship/grant application (Year 2)
  • Yearly fellowship/grant application (Year 3)
  • Yearly fellowship/grant application (Year 4)
  1. Stanford allows students that posses a Masters degree to transfer credits to satisfy up to 45 units of the required 135 units for our Ph.D. So I will be transferring as many of my coursework as I possibly can to my degree. 

  2. The total number of units may seem frightening / like a ton of coursework — but I think it depends on your circumstances. Since I am not pursuing a Masters or a PhD minor from Stanford, my primary requirements are listed above, and I intend to do more research than classes. However, even if I were not doing a Master’s, I think I would still do what is listed above and research the rest of the time. 


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