Current San Jose Gateway PhD Students
All San José Gateway PhD students must attend the annual in-person residency. Upon acceptance, incoming students should begin planning their attendance at the San José State University Summer Residency (July 30-August 3, 2018). Students can choose from a variety of accommodations, and the University offers dormitory-style rooms are available on campus in the summer.
The summer residency serves as an orientation and working session for incoming students. Normally, sessions are held on topics such as academic expectations, developing relationships with supervisors and other faculty and students, and advancing Stage 2 proposals and other student work. All San José Gateway PhD program faculty are in attendance for the summer residency.
Several weeks in advance of the residency, San José State University faculty contact all doctoral students to inform them of the residency schedule of events. Typically, students can expect to start the residency after lunch on the first day of the week and wrap up by lunchtime on the fifth day. The schedule will also list specific required advance preparations for students entering the program, as well as those in their second year and beyond.
Monthly Zoom Virtual Meetings
After the residency, students must attend monthly virtual meetings with all members of the San José University cohort. The sessions are held via Zoom software and run about two hours. The monthly meetings schedule is set once annually to accommodate student and faculty schedules. In addition, a short virtual residency is held via Zoom software over the course of two evenings in late winter.
These meetings fulfill a variety of purposes. While students have regular contact with their supervisory team, the Zoom sessions allow for the development of the full research community. One of the strengths of the program is the access students have to all San José Gateway PhD program faculty. The monthly meetings are an opportunity for students to get feedback from and participate in discussions with their student and faculty colleagues. Typically, students will be required to submit a work-in-progress report in advance of each meeting that relates to their upcoming milestones.
For an overview of the major milestones in the program, see the Program Timeline.