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Committee on Chemistry Graduate
Education Statement of Task

An ad hoc committee will plan and conduct a public workshop to discuss the graduate education in chemistry in the context of a changing environment for the practice of chemistry. The workshop will focus on the goals of graduate education in chemistry, and whether current programs align with goals appropriate for the current era. The workshop will include invited presentations and discussions of the following topics:

—Attracting and retaining the most able students to graduate education

—Financial stressors on the current support model and their implications for the future graduate education model

—Competencies needed in the changing job market for Ph.D. chemists. This includes nontraditional opportunities such as entrepreneurship, and employment in start-ups or other small businesses. It also includes changes in traditional opportunities such as the increasing off-shoring of basic chemistry research by major firms, and the evolving drug-discovery model and its impact on employment in the pharmaceutical sector.

—Competencies needed to address societal problems such as energy and sustainability

A summary of the workshop discussions will be produced and disseminated.



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A Committee on Chemistry Graduate Education Statement of Task An ad hoc committee will plan and conduct a public workshop to discuss the graduate education in chemistry in the context of a chang- ing environment for the practice of chemistry. The workshop will focus on the goals of graduate education in chemistry, and whether current programs align with goals appropriate for the current era. The workshop will include invited presentations and discussions of the following topics: —Attracting and retaining the most able students to graduate education —Financial stressors on the current support model and their implica - tions for the future graduate education model —Competencies needed in the changing job market for Ph.D. chem - ists. This includes nontraditional opportunities such as entrepreneurship, and employment in start-ups or other small businesses. It also includes changes in traditional opportunities such as the increasing off-shoring of basic chemistry research by major firms, and the evolving drug-discovery model and its impact on employment in the pharmaceutical sector. —Competencies needed to address societal problems such as energy and sustainability A summary of the workshop discussions will be produced and disseminated. 61

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