PhD Consortium

The CAPPA Ph.D. Consortium represents and advocates for the needs of CAPPA Ph.D. students to communicate their concerns, offer feedback to the administration, and ensure successful completion of the Ph.D. degree.

The main purpose of the organization is to stimulate research-related academic and professional discussions and to motivate peer-engagement towards greater student support through the long and rigorous research process.


Membership to the CAPPA Ph.D. Consortium is open to all CAPPA Ph.D. students and currently has three active leadership positions with a potential for more in correspondence with student interest.

Leadership positions within the CAPPA Ph.D. Consortium are year-long appointments. The office of the president alternates yearly between UPPP and PUAD students. Elections are held at the beginning of the fall semester.

History of the CAPPA Ph.D. Consortium

CAPPA Ph.D. Consortium began as informally organized Colloquium sessions by and for PhD students in the UPPP and PUAD Ph.D. programs with the goal of driving student engagement through networking and peer-to-peer learning. It was recognized early on that students would benefit from a platform which allows them to get involved in and learn from each other’s research activities, making for an enriching doctoral research experience. In the process, students would also benefit from developing effective skills in problem-solving, solution-sharing for academic learning and professional development and public speaking — skills that are critical but not often gained through formal teaching and independent research.

In addition to representing the Ph.D. student voice and connecting it to the CAPPA administration, the Consortium provides academic and professional skill-building and peer-mentorship activities for CAPPA Ph.D. students.


The new officers of the CAPPA PhD Consortium 2021-2022
Josh Newton, President:
Shadin Nimery, VP:
Ladan Mozaffarian, Treasurer:


Karabi C. Bezboruah