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Innovation in PhD Training – IGERT evaluation report

Evaluation of an IGERT at the University of Washington which aims to train its students to become disciplinary experts who are also highly skilled in collaborative team work and interdisciplinary problem solving.  The evaluation was performed at the end of the third year of a five-year grant in order to assess which activities were working in pursuit of their goals, …

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The PhD in the US: Criticisms, Facts and Remedies

Several initiatives have been developed to address recent criticisms of doctoral education in the U.S. In addition, three major surveys have been undertaken to better understand the process, content, and outcome of doctoral education. This paper explores the criticisms and outlines the initiatives for change. It argues that initiatives for change in doctoral education are important first-step responses to the …

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So you want to become a Professor

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Respondents give high marks to their history programs for “academic rigor,” and training in “critical thinking” and “data analysis and synthesis.” They also identified areas to target for improvement, including training in writing and publishing reports and articles and in how to teach, as well as providing concrete feedback to students on their progress, socializing students into the academic community …

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Career Outcomes of Political Science PhDs

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The PhDs – Ten Years Later study, allowed us to provide detailed information about the actual employment patterns of nearly 4, 000 PhDs recipients in biochemistry, computer science, electrical engineering, English, mathematics, and political science.   This report, offers a specific examination of the career paths of those who completed the PhD. in Political Science. Surveying PhD recipients in political science ten …

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International PhDs: Exploring the Decision to Stay or Return

Findings from the Ph.D.s–10 Years Later study regarding Ph.D. recipients from abroad who earned their degrees at U.S. institutions of higher education centers and whether they stayed in the US or returned home. While, overall, 40 percent of the Ph.D.s from abroad returned home to start their post-Ph.D. careers, there was, in fact, considerable variation by field of study, region …

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Creating and Sustaining a Culture of Interdisciplinarity

The US National Science Foundation’s Integrative Graduate Education and Research Training (IGERT) programs aim to encourage new approaches to interdisicplinary education.  IGERTS are developed to meet the challenges of educating doctoral level scientists, engineers and educators with the interdisciplinary background, deep knowledge in chosen disciplines and the technical, professional and interpersonal skills to lead their fields and become creative agents …

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Postdocs: What We Know and What We Would Like to Know

This report provides information about choices and career outcomes for current doctoral students and postdoctoral appointees in science and engineering. It considers qualities of the positions and expectations within different fields. Nerad, M. (2002). Paper presented at the National Sciences Foundation /CPST/Professional Societies Workshop December 4. Download: What We Know and What We Would Like to Know      

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Postdoctoral Appointments and Employment: Patterns of Science and Engineering Doctoral Recipients Ten-plus Years after Ph.D. Completion

This paper highlights major findings regarding postdoctoral appointments and employment outcomes of science and engineering doctoral recipients ten to thirteen years after receiving the PhD. These results are part of comprehensive study, PhDs -Ten Years Later. Nerad, M. & Cerny, J. (2002).  Postdoctoral Appointments and Employment: Patterns of Science and Engineering Doctoral Recipients Ten-plus Years after Ph.D. Completion. Communicator, VXXXV(7). Download: Postdoctoral …

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Improving Doctoral Education: Recommendations from the PhD – Ten Years Later Study

From the findings of the PhDs – Ten Years Later survey, a list of actions required to improve doctoral education programs for students. Nerad, M. (2000). Improving Doctoral Education: Recommendations from the PhDs – Ten Years Later Study. Communicator, vol XXXIII, no. 2, p. 6. Washington DC. Download: Improving Doctoral Education

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