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Krannert Doctoral Student Association (KDSA) Update

By David Lehman, KDSA President

The fall semester provided the Krannert Doctoral Student Association with several opportunities to interact with members of Purdue’s administration as well as to take steps to improve the doctoral program.

Weekly lunches with Senior Associate Dean Robert Plante, Loeb Professor of Economics and Director of Doctoral Programs and Research Jack Barron, and Assistant Director of Doctoral Programs Kelly Felty have continued to be a key avenue for communication among doctoral students and the Krannert administration. One major change to come from these meetings is a revised travel policy that will be implemented next academic year. It will allow unspent travel funds to be used for future research-related travel by establishing individual student accounts.

Another resource for implementing productive change in the doctoral program is the annual student survey, which allows us to better understand student perceptions of issues such as student salaries, student-advisor mentor relationships, research opportunities, and computing resources. Our annual town hall meeting also allows students to provide feedback. One immediate outcome was the installation of two new computers with statistical tools in the doctoral student lounge. We extend our gratitude to the Krannert Computing Center for their prompt response to this request.

Several events are planned for doctoral students through the end of the semester, including our annual spring picnic. This event gives students and faculty a chance to share their school-year experiences with one another and to formally recognize the recipients of the student teaching awards. Friday morning breakfasts will also continue to allow doctoral students to interact socially and discuss research ideas.

These and other activities are part of an ongoing effort by KDSA to improve the experience of Krannert and Purdue’s doctoral students. We look forward to continued progress during the remainder of the 2005-06 school year, and welcome the support and suggestions of students and faculty in these initiatives.

For more information on the Krannert Doctoral Student Association, visit www.krannert.purdue.edu/clubs/kdsa or contact David Lehman at dwlehman@purdue.edu


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