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L-R: Nicole Corley, Tenesha Littleton and Megan Lee
L-R: Nicole Corley, Tenesha Littleton and Megan Lee

Social Work doctoral students attend national workshop

Posted July 5, 2016
Reported by: Laurie Anderson,

Athens, Ga. -- Three University of Georgia School of Social Work doctoral students attended a selective national workshop on research skill enhancement, career mentoring, and professional development held June 15 through 17 at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Nicole Corley, Megan Lee and Tenesha Littleton were among 41 doctoral students chosen to attend the Program for Research on Black Americans (PRBA) Summer Graduate Student Mentoring Workshop. The workshop is organized once every two years by The Michigan Center for Urban African American Aging Research.

“The workshop provides an opportunity and environment for young minority scholars to engage in conversation with senior faculty and more seasoned junior faculty on issues that are relevant to them as they pursue careers in academia as well as their personal research interests,” said Minti Henderson, the program coordinator.

The workshop was hosted by its creator, Robert J. Taylor, the University of Michigan’s Sheila Feld Collegiate Professor of Social Work. Topics covered included publishing in peer-reviewed journals, writing grant proposals to the NIH, the tenure process, ethical conduct of research, successful mentoring and collaborative relationships, recent developments in a variety of research areas, and strategies for succeeding in academia.

“What stood out for me the most was training on how to present well, which covered methods on how to brand yourself, the art of storytelling, and how to survive and thrive in job talks,” said Corley.

Attendees came from various fields, including social work, public health, education and psychology. They heard presentations by invited speakers from the University of Michigan, Wayne State University, the University of Southern California and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

“One highlight for me was walking away from the experience knowing I was now connected to a network of scholars across the country who will be future colleagues and collaborators, not only in social work but other social sciences as well,” said Littleton.