Predoctoral Program Requirements

Academic Year 2019-2020

The following requirements apply to all CPC Predoctoral Population Trainees.

  1. Each trainee must actively participate in a continuing practicum under the supervision of one or more CPC Faculty Fellows. The research training plan for this practicum must be acceptable to the CPC Training Committee. Active involvement in the research and meaningful supervision are expected of the faculty supervisor; a minimum of 12 hours per week of research training experience through this practicum is expected of the trainee.
  2. In collaboration with their CPC preceptor(s)  an Individual Development Plan (IDP) must be completed during September of each new academic year.
  3. Each trainee must complete an approved one-term demography course before or during the first year as a trainee. UNC courses meeting this requirement are SOCI 830 and BIOS 670. In addition to the demography course, by the end of the second year each trainee must complete an approved population science graduate seminar outside of their home department taught by a CPC faculty fellow. Approved population science courses are evaluated by the CPC Population Science Training Committee.
  4. Each trainee is required to attend and participate in the CPC interdisciplinary population research seminars held each Friday at noon during the fall and spring semesters OR the Interdisciplinary Workshops held each Thursday at 12:30 p.m. during the fall and spring semesters. Attendance at both is encouraged. .
  5. Research required for the master's thesis/paper and/or doctoral dissertation must focus on an approved population science topic. The dissertation committee must include a member from outside of the trainee's disciplinary department.
  6. Each trainee must complete university required training in Human Subjects Protection by the end of the first month of the traineeship (
  7. Each trainee must receive training in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) that includes participation in a minimum of four seminars, lectures, or class sessions during each academic/training year.
  8. All predoctoral trainees are required to attend the annual meeting of the Population Association of America using travel funds provided by the traineeship. PAA 2019 will be held in Washington, DC on April 22,-25. 2019.

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