Admitted Students Day and Welcome Events

Congratulations, and Welcome to Pardee RAND!

Admitted Students Day is as exciting for us as it is you. We look forward to hosting you at our virtual event on Friday, March 15, 2024, from 9:00 to 11:45 a.m. PDT.

Our goal is to provide you with an opportunity to hear about the many aspects of Pardee RAND—academics, on-the-job training, student life, and more. You will get to know the other admitted students who will be part of your cohort.

Whether or not you can attend, we encourage you to share your bio and a headshot, which we will share at the event as well as with those admitted students who are unable to attend.

Registration deadline: March 8, 2024

Admitted Students Day

Agenda for Friday, March 15

Register for Admitted Students Day when you submit your bio and headshot. Upon registration, you will receive a confirmation email with event connection information and ICS files you can save to your calendar.

All times below are Pacific (Santa Monica) time.

9:00 – 9:30 a.m.

Welcome and Introductions
Stefanie Howard, Associate Dean, Enrollment and New Programs

9:30 – 9:45 a.m.

Dean’s Welcome
Nancy Staudt, Dean, Pardee RAND Graduate School and Vice President, RAND

9:45 – 10:15 a.m.

Academic Requirements and Coursework
Angel O'Mahony, Associate Dean, Academic Affairs
Philip Armour, Professor of Policy Analysis
Cynthia Gonzalez, Professor of Policy Analysis and Acting Associate Dean of Student Life
Todd Richmond, Professor of Policy Analysis and Director, Technology, Policy, and Narrative Group

10:15 – 10:25 a.m.

Break

10:25 – 10:45 a.m.

Conducting Research at RAND and On-the-Job Training (OJT)
Kerry Reynolds, OJT Director
Student OJT Brokers

10:45 – 11:30 a.m.

Meeting RAND Research Mentors
Panel of RAND researchers; Kerry Reynolds moderating

11:30 – 11:45 a.m.

Closing of Main Session

2:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Admissions Office Hours (Optional)
Stefanie Howard

Other Welcome Events

Register for these events when you submit your bio and headshot. Upon registration, you will receive a confirmation email with event connection information and ICS files you can save to your calendar.

All times below are Pacific (Santa Monica) time.

OJT Chats with Student Brokers

Choose the session or sessions that best align with your interests and schedule. Attending all sessions is not necessary.

Monday, March 18
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

National Security and Homeland Security:
Arroyo/Army Research Division, National Security Research Division, Homeland Security Operational Analysis Center, and Project Air Force
Mohammad Ahmadi, Cohort '21
Jim Mignano, Cohort '20

Tuesday, March 19
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Social and Economic Well Being and Health Care
Samer Atshan, Cohort '19
Priya Gandhi, Cohort '20

Wednesday, March 20
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

National Security and Homeland Security:
Arroyo/Army Research Division, National Security Research Division, Homeland Security Operational Analysis Center, and Project Air Force
Mohammad Ahmadi, Cohort '21
Jim Mignano, Cohort '20

Thursday, March 21
4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Social and Economic Well Being and Health Care
Samer Atshan, Cohort '19
Priya Gandhi, Cohort '20

Friday, March 22
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Education, Labor, and Workforce Development
Melissa Diliberti, Cohort '19

Understanding How the Research Fellowship Works

Tuesday, March 19
1:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Ph.D. Students
Jennifer Cox-Siegel, Associate Dean, Finance
Kerry Reynolds, OJT Director

Friday, March 22
8:30 – 9:00 a.m.

M.Phil. Students
Jennifer Cox-Siegel, Associate Dean, Finance
Kerry Reynolds, OJT Director

Get to Know the Pardee RAND Community

Friday, March 29
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Student Life, Housing, Moving to LA, and More
A Discussion with Pardee RAND Student Ambassadors
Sarah Kang, Cohort '21
AK Keskin, Cohort '23
Jing Zhi Lim, Cohort '22