Tomorrow's Research Today

Doctoral Research Showcase Seminar Series

Southern California Government-to-University Initiative


November 9, December 7, January 11, February 8, March 8, and April 5


noon - 1:30 p.m. Pacific


These events are free and will take place on Zoom.

Apply to be a Speaker   Register to Attend


The Southern California Government-to-University (G2U) Initiative — a partnership of the Volcker Alliance, the Southern California Association and Governments, Pardee RAND Graduate School, and California State University Dominguez Hills — is hosting a series of online seminars showcasing research from doctoral candidates across the United States that may influence the future of work in the public sector.

Each session will be offered via Zoom. At California State University Dominguez Hills, Thomas J. Norman, professor of management, and Krystal Rawls, designer of the Workforce Integration Program, are facilitating the events.

Selected presenters will provide an in-depth look and understanding of how their research could provide insight leading to future innovations in public sector arenas.

Partners and registered attendees will receive an executive summary of the presented research after the presentation and an executive summary report at the end of the series.

How to Participate

Students currently enrolled in a doctoral program can apply to present research at one or more of the sessions. Each presentation will be no more than 20 minutes, and each event will include three presenters and time for Q&A. The deadlines to apply to be a presenter are listed below.

Government agency representatives are encouraged to register online for as many sessions as they wish.


Doctoral research may include, but is not limited to, topics in the following areas:

November 9, 2021
  • STEM education; lifelong learning; reading/language development disorders; early learning pedagogy, role of technology; role of culture; creative learning
December 7, 2021
Social Justice, Equity and Inclusion
  • Race relations; police training; social movements; socio-economic disparities; city dynamics; how to build partnerships; cultures
January 11, 2022
Workforce and Human Resources
  • Role of administration or other groups in the workplace; professional development; veteran employment/training; employee satisfaction; ergonomic; mentoring; laws and regulations government labor practices
February 8, 2022
Smart Cities, Homelessness, and Wellness
  • Innovative ways to address health and wellness; urbanization; industrialization; aging population; climate change
March 8, 2022
Emergency Management and Planning
  • Earthquakes; disaster planning; pandemics; evacuation; floods; homeland security; active shooting incidents
April 5, 2022
Earth Day: Sustainability, Environment, and Climate Change
  • Biodiversity; altering ecosystems; land use; pollution; invasive species; geoengineering; water scarcity; solar radiation


For doctoral students interested in presenting their research, the following table lists the dates by which applications and abstracts must be submitted, and when presenters will be notified.

Topic Application Due Notification Date Event Date
Education October 26 November 2 November 9
Social Justice and Racial Equity November 23 November 30 December 7
Workforce and Human Resources December 21 January 4 January 11
Smart Cities, Homelessness, and Wellness January 25 February 1 February 8
Emergency Management and Planning February 22 March 1 March 8
Sustainability, Environment, and Climate Change March 22 March 29 April 5


Email Sandy Buchan at Pardee RAND Graduate School:

Event Partners

The Volcker Alliance

Southern California Association of Governments

Pardee RAND Graduate School

Pardee RAND Graduate School

California State University Dominguez Hills