Graduate students play an integral role in the Tobin Project’s efforts to motivate breakthrough scholarship in the academy. By including graduate students in its research initiatives and its wider scholar community, the Tobin Project can help to guide future scholarship toward real-world problems and interdisciplinary approaches to research.
The Tobin Project’s graduate student community includes over 70 students from 10 academic disciplines and 15 institutions, where they are pursuing Ph.D. and professional degrees. Some of these students meet regularly through Tobin’s Graduate Student Forum & Fellowship programs, others will soon join the Prospectus Development Workshop, and many more participate in Tobin Project research initiatives.
The Tobin Project considers it essential to integrate the graduate student community – its participants, ideas, and innovations – with its broader initiatives and scholar community. By participating in meetings and projects with senior scholars, graduate students and junior scholars are often motivated to pursue publicly minded, collaborative work, even if this sort of research is unconventional in their fields. These programs, and the participating graduate students, often surface important, under-researched questions that senior academics may not be able to fully investigate. Graduate students regularly cull research and dissertation topics from these conversations, which are considered by a broad and trusted community of scholars to be valuable both to scholarship and to society. Meanwhile, graduate students contribute an energy, creativity, and expertise that adds to the meetings and helps to advance the ideas.