Admissions Events

One of our 2020 admissions webinars featured (clockwise from top left) Assistant Dean Angel O'Mahony, student Carlos Calvo Hernandez, Assistant Dean Stefanie Howard, and student Karishma Patel

Pardee RAND Graduate School hosts a variety of online admissions events each fall to provide an overview of the Ph.D. in Policy Analysis, the admissions process, our degree requirements, and more. Attendees also have an opportunity to hear current students and faculty describe their experiences and share their own perspectives on the program. All our events are interactive, and we encourage questions.

Our General Information Sessions and Stream- and Topic-Focused Discussions take place on Zoom and will be recorded and made available upon request.

Our Virtual Coffee Chats and Admission Office Hours offer more informal Q&A interactions. These discussions will take place on the Microsoft Teams platform and will not be recorded.

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The times listed for all events (webinars, office hours, and coffee chats) are Pacific (local time in California).

General Information Sessions

An Overview of Pardee RAND

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Tuesday, November 9 — 5 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Our Assistant Dean of Admissions, Stefanie Howard, and Assistant Dean of Academics, Angel O'Mahony, will present an overview of Pardee RAND Graduate School, the admissions process, and more. Current students will also join the conversation.

A previous webinar was held on October 12.

Stream- and Topic-Focused Discussions

Technology Applications and Implications

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Stream leads Osonde Osoba and Todd Richmond talked about how the students in the Technology Applications and Implications stream are prototyping the future, why technology rules but policy matters, and what the Tech + Narrative Lab is doing with AI/ML, VR, IoT, and other letters of the alphabet.

This webinar was held on October 14; a recording is available.

Research, Analysis, and Design

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Stream lead Philip Armour and a panel of current students and alumni in the Research, Analysis, and Design stream will discuss their experiences tackling complex policy problems through multidisciplinary, cutting-edge research at RAND, Pardee RAND, and beyond.

This webinar was held on October 21; a recording will be available soon.

Diverse Perspectives at RAND

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Monday, October 25 — 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Professor (and Alum) Jonathan Wong (Cohort '12) will moderate a panel discussion including fellow Professor Malcolm Williams, Pardee RAND Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Advisor and faculty lead for the Social Justice and Racial Equity thread. They and other panelists will discuss their career trajectories, their research, and what it’s like to be a researcher of color.

Community-Partnered Policy and Action

Tuesday, November 2 — 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Stream lead Cynthia Gonzalez and students Lisa Berdie, Khadesia Howell, and Zhan Okuda-Lim (all cohort '20) will discuss their work in the Community-Partnered Policy and Action stream, including challenges of actually implementing policy, how Pardee RAND is working with communities in Los Angeles and Sitka, and students' experiences with externships.

Virtual "Coffee Chats"

Professor Matt Lewis

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Matt Lewis examines learning and decisionmaking with a focus on ways in which technology can support those processes in individuals, teams, and organizations. This includes applications of “serious games” and virtual environments to train police officers in use-of-force and U.S. Army personnel in complex environments.

This event took place on October 8.

Professor (and Alum) Jodi Liu (cohort '12)

Friday, October 22 — 9 a.m. - 10 a.m.

Jodi Liu’s research focuses on health care reform, financing, and payment. She has experience using simulation modeling to analyze the effects of health care policy changes on health insurance coverage, household and government spending, and provider revenues.

Register for the Coffee Chat with Prof. Liu

Professor Kathryn Edwards

Friday, November 5 — 9 a.m. - 10 a.m.

Kathryn Edwards teaches the course Issues of Modern Labor Economics and is a widely published and quoted expert on the topic of unemployment insurance, women in the workforce, families and child care, the post-pandemic labor market, and more.

Register for the Coffee Chat with Prof. Edwards