Summer Graduate Research Workshop at the Institute for Humane Studies, George Mason University

By Gugun Gumilar, PhD candidate, DCU.

The Summer Graduate Research Workshop, sponsored by the Institute for Humane Studies (IHS) at George Mason University, took place from June 20-23, 2019. This program enables PhD graduate students to present and share their research topics in a supportive environment.

I took advantage of this opportunity to develop my own work in a constructive academic setting. When I presented my research topic, I received constructive feedback from the Faculty of Institute for Humane Studies (IHS) and fellow attendees. This program helped me to connect with classical liberal scholars both inside and outside my discipline. I availed of opportunities to engage with attendees on a professional level and as friends. It was a good opportunity for me to gain more knowledge related to my academic research skills, meet speakers from various backgrounds and build networks.


I believe that one of the best parts of being a graduate PhD student is the active academic and international engagement. The program facilitated engaging conversations, research feedback and lively debate on broader topics with my peers. There were interesting seminars and discussions at Bryn Mawr College. The conference was fully attended with 33 representatives from different universities around the world. All fellow PhD selected participants presented their topics, and attended interactive discussions and sessions.



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