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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 2016 Seminar Schedule

The following seminars are subject to change. Keep an eye on the LBJ student listserv for notifications and sign ups.

PRP Template Training

Friday, January 29: 12:15-1:45 pm — SRH 3.314/3.355

If you’re currently enrolled in a PRP and plan to publish your report in the LBJ Policy Research Project Series, or simply want to ensure your report has a consistent and professional look throughout, come learn how to access and use the LBJ Word-based PRP template.


Professional Report Basics (for August and December Graduates)

Friday, March 4: 12:15-1:45 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. 


Telling Stories with Data

Thursday, April 21: 12:15-1:45 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.