school, including opportunities to meet with chemistry PhDs who have entered those careers, can provide graduate students with information they need to make career decisions. (Schomaker)

•   Graduate education can be excellent preparation for a teaching career either in higher education or K-12 education. (Gerratana)

•   Teaching skills are important in industry as well as in academia to explain ideas and urge particular actions. (Shenoy)

•   Opportunities to teach and mentor undergraduates and other students improves communication skills and understanding of the material being taught. (Schomaker)

•   The opportunity to write and revise research proposals in graduate school, with feedback from advisors, can provide experience useful in many future careers. (Shomaker)

•   Research done in interdisciplinary groups with multiple advisors could broaden graduate education and expose students to a diversity of approaches, as well as helping to prevent mistreatment of graduate students. (Bergman)

•   Alternately, research projects under single advisors but with extensive collaborations could provide both breadth and depth in graduate education. (Boering)

•   Exposure to “entrepreneuring” during graduate school can help students think about the relevance and potential uses of a discovery. (Berry)

•   Letting graduate students work together and practice submitting proposals to business colleagues could help them thrive in the private sector. (Lahiri)

•   Enhanced partnerships between universities and companies could provide valuable experiences for chemistry graduate students. (Beaulieu)

•   Internships could greatly broaden the experiences of graduate students in chemistry while also benefiting university research. (Dhawan)

•   Education programs at any level that challenge students to solve problems can engage students more actively. (Berry)

•   Efforts to coordinate proposals for chemistry research and graduate education with federal priorities could increase funding for chemistry. (Platz)

IDEAS FOR CHANGE FOCUSED ON DEPARMTENT CHAIRS, DEANS, AND OTHER RESEARCH ADMINISTRATORS

•   Depth, breadth, and communication could be themes for transforming graduate chemistry education. (Colon)



The National Academies | 500 Fifth St. N.W. | Washington, D.C. 20001
Copyright © National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved.
Terms of Use and Privacy Statement