2018 Pre-Doctoral Scholar's Institute (PDSI) Applications Open

The Pre-Doctoral Scholar’s Institute (PDSI) program is an intensive four-week summer research opportunity that prepares high-achieving minority underrepresented students for future doctoral study.  The four-week research program introduces the students to the culture of graduate education and exposes them to faculty-mentors who personify the realistic and obtainable goal of a doctoral degree.

Designed to simulate a “real world” graduate school research environment, the institute is structured as an intensive research experience; which includes, but is not limited to:  academic journal reading, peer-reviewing, academic writing, conducting literature reviews, data analyses, developing quantitative and qualitative research designs, and field study participation, all culminating with a research symposium on the last day of the institute.


Students interested in the following disciplines should apply:

  • Aerospace Studies (Air Force ROTC)
  • Communication Sciences & Disorders
  • Communication Studies
  • English
  • Foreign Languages & Literatures
  • French Studies
  • Geography & Anthropology
  • History
  • Military Science (Army ROTC)
  • Philosophy & Religious Studies
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology


For more information about the 2018 PDSI summer program, click here.


To apply, submit the completed application via email to PDSITigers@lsu.edu by February, 2, 2018.

2018 PDSI Application (Word)

2018 PDSI Application (PDF)

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