The on-site in-person sessions are a critical component of the IDV program. During each on-site in-person session, students are required to attend face-to-face meetings correlating with the coursework they are enrolled in during that particular semester. The program regularly invites individuals from both the academic and professional spheres to speak during meal times and to provide an additional perspective on IDV-related issues. Additionally, seminars and workshops are held and when not in class, students are encouraged to attend these additional in-person session elements. Workshops to assist students in preparing for the qualitative and comprehensive exams are offered as well as seminars on grant writing and professional development.
Students are required to make their own travel arrangements to and from the campus, as well as their own hotel accommodations. The program provides all meals for the students during the in-person sessions.
The dates for all in-person sessions are posted to the IDV website well in advance. Attendance at all in-person sessions is mandatory and an excuse is only given in the event of an extreme medical emergency (documentation required) or sudden military TDY.
During the fall and spring semesters, the IDV program hosts two in-person sessions at the Southern Miss Gulf Park Campus, Long Beach, Mississippi. These in-person sessions take place at the beginning and end of each semester:
* Fall - mid-August, mid-October and early December
* Spring - mid-January, mid-March and early May
Each in-person session begins at 8AM on the Friday morning and ends at approximately 1 p.m. on Sunday. Students are required to be present throughout the entire session.
During the summer semester, the IDV program hosts one in-person session at the Southern Miss Gulf Park Campus, Long Beach, Mississippi. This in-person session takes place in June. Each in-person session begins at 8 a.m. Friday morning and ends at 5 p.m. on Saturday. Students are required to be present throughout the entire session.