9:00 a.m.

Setting the Context: Factors Affecting Career Choice and Training

This session will look at the underlying issues of career choice from the perspective of different disciplines, such as psychology, higher education studies, and economics. The session will emphasize the systems aspect of students’ decision-making process, the way that many different factors contribute, and highlight different approaches to these questions.


Session Chair: Carol B. Muller (Committee Member), Founder, President, and Chief Executive Officer, MentorNet


  • Robert W. Lent, Professor of Counseling and Personnel Services and Co-Director, Counseling Psychology Program, College of Education, University of Maryland, College Park

  • Claude Steele, Director, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences; Professor of Psychology and Lucie Stern Professor in the Social Sciences, Stanford University

  • Michael T. Nettles, Senior Vice President and Edmund W. Gordon Chair of the Policy Evaluation and Research Center, Educational Testing Service

  • Anne Preston, Associate Professor of Economics, Haverford College

10:45 a.m.


11:10 a.m.

Setting the Context: Responses and Discussion

Session Chair: Karen Kashmanian Oates (Committee Member), Provost and Professor of Biochemistry, Harrisburg University of Science and Technology


  • Orlando L. Taylor, Vice Provost for Research, Dean of the Graduate School, and Professor of Communication, Howard University

12:00 p.m.


1:00 p.m.

Remarks from NIGMS Director


  • Jeremy M. Berg, Director, National Institute of General Medical Sciences, NIH

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