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The PhD Project Conference

The Annual PhD Project Conference will be held November 19-21, 2014 in Chicago, IL.

The sight of over 400 minorities who may be potential doctoral candidates has proven to be inspirational to many. From the opening evening's reception, to welcoming remarks on the first morning of the conference, to the number of universities whose doctoral programs are represented at the College Fair, the message of the conference is a great one.

An airport hotel, in the middle of November, in Chicago, may not sound like the ideal place to be. However, it is the perfect spot for a 2 day conference where you can learn all you ever needed to know about doctoral programs in business. It's also the perfect setting to meet other individuals, like yourself, who are or who have been in a similar situation as you.

While a sponsor or a university representative, or even an outside reviewer, can sing The Projects's praises, a large part of what makes The PhD Project so successful are the testimonials of past attendees: Sharron Hunter-Rainey was a 1998 conference attendee; she finished her program at Duke University and is is now on faculty at North Carolina Central University. After the conference, Sharron said that while she had done some research on her own, "I think it would have taken me months to get that much knowledge about the process of earning a Ph.D.

Ixchel Faniel is another conference attendee who entered a business doctoral program. She has finished her program at University of Southern California and is now on faculty at University of Michigan. "Before attending the conference, I had begun the application process, but the time spent in Chicago was invaluable. I found comfort in the fact that there is already a network in place that I can tap into for support and counsel." The network that Ixchel refers to is The PhD Project Information Systems Doctoral Students Association, one of five peer network groups designed to support those individuals who enter a doctoral program in business. There are also associations for students in Marketing, Management, Accounting, and Finance.

Click here to see our preliminary Conference Agenda, and link to this information.

Plans for the next PhD Project conference are now underway! If you know someone who would be interested in this once-in-a-lifetime event, please have them go to the Conference Application section of this site.

Listen to program participants' journey to a PhD, balancing family and doctoral studies. Click here for excerpts from our November 14-16, 2007 conference.