•   Rotations in graduate school before beginning a research project can broaden exposure to topics in chemistry and forge important relationships. (Schomaker)

•   Reducing the barriers between traditional fields of chemistry and involving other disciplines in research projects may enable faster progress on integrative problems. (Whitesides)

•   Support from funding agencies, joint appointments, and the co-location of investigators from different disciplines all can help promote interdisciplinary research. (Houston)

•   Innovative, interdisciplinary, and collaborative projects can build faculty morale even when resources are constrained. (Fox)

•   Written individual development plans for all graduate students and postdocs supported by research grants or traineeships could help students set goals and adhere to them. (Rogers)

•   A course for graduate students on teaching chemistry could build essential teaching skills. (Aaron)

•   A progression of different support mechanisms for graduate students could help meet their changing needs as they move through graduate school. (Houston)

•   New structures for graduate education—such as a separate master’s degree with value in the workplace, time spent doing public service or work in a foreign country, or degrees that take less time to achieve—could have advantages for students and employers alike. (Whitesides)

•   Master’s degrees could focus on technical skills while PhDs focus on leadership skills, as is the case in Japan. (Doyle)

•   Family-friendly policies and supportive colleagues can reduce the attrition of women in graduate chemistry education. (Boering)

•   Chemistry departments that reimagine the graduate experience in a compelling way could generate national attention, be seen to have a competitive advantage, and spur imitators. (Platz)

•   Greater emphasis on safety in graduate school is important both in graduate school and during careers. (Yeston)

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



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