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Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Workshop Agenda." National Research Council. 2012. Challenges in Chemistry Graduate Education: A Workshop Summary. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/13407.
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Workshop Agenda

Challenges in Graduate Education
January 23-24, 2012
National Academies Keck Center, Room 100
500 5th Street NW
Washington, DC



Monday, January 23

8:30 a.m. Welcome, Objectives, and Introductions; Joe Francisco, Purdue University; Chair, Workshop Organizing Committee

Overview—Drivers for this Workshop

8:45 a.m. Introductory remarks; Matthew Platz, Director, Division of Chemistry, NSF

9:15 a.m. ACS Presidential Commission on Graduate Education; Bassam Shakhashiri, President-Elect, American Chemical Society

9:30 a.m. The Path Forward: The Future of Graduate Education in the US; Patricia McAllister Vice President for Government Relations and External Affairs, Council of Graduate Schools

10:00 a.m. Break

10:15 a.m. “Graduate School. What is it supposed to do?” George Whitesides, Woodford L. and Ann A. Flowers University Professor, Harvard University (via web)

Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Workshop Agenda." National Research Council. 2012. Challenges in Chemistry Graduate Education: A Workshop Summary. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/13407.
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10:45 a.m. Chemistry Education: Fulfillment of Professional and Societal Goals; Gary Schuster, Vasser Woolley Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology

The Social Compact—Addressing Societal Challenges

11:15 a.m. David Berry, Flagship Ventures

11:45 a.m. Lunch

Stressors on the current model for chemistry graduate education

1:00 p.m. Panel Discussion: What challenges may force changes in the way departments currently recruit, fund, and train graduate students in chemistry?

Holden Thorp, Chancellor, University of North Carolina (via web)

Marye Anne Fox, Chancellor, University of California at San Diego

Paul Houston, Dean, College of Sciences, Georgia Institute of Technology

Mike Doyle, Chair, Department of Chemistry, University of Maryland at College Park

2:15 p.m. Break

Chemists in Non-Academic Settings: How well is graduate training preparing PhDs to solve problems outside the academic setting?

2:30 p.m. Panel Discussion: What are the skills industry managers need in PhD chemists, and how is employment of chemists and the skills they need evolving?

Thomas Degnan, ExxonMobil Research and Engineering

Bill Beaulieu, Chevron Phillips Chemical

Sandy Mills, Vice President, Discovery and Preclinical Sciences, Merck Sharp & Dohme

David Kronenthal, Vice President of Chemical Development, Bristol-Myers Squibb

Joydeep Lahiri, Division Vice President and Director of Bio and Organic Research, Corning, Inc.

Rajiv Dhawan, Talent Acquisition Manager, Du Pont Technology, E.I. Du Pont de Nemours, Inc.

Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Workshop Agenda." National Research Council. 2012. Challenges in Chemistry Graduate Education: A Workshop Summary. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/13407.
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4:00 p.m. Panel Discussion: What skills have served recent graduates well in their positions, and what additional skills would have been useful as they began their careers?

David Tellers, Merck Sharp & Dohme

Sid Shenoy, E.I. Du Pont de Nemours, Inc.

Heather Gennadios, US Food and Drug Administration

Jake Yeston, Senior Editor, Science, American Association for the Advancement of Science

5:00 p.m. Adjourn

Tuesday, January 24

Preparing the next generation of faculty

8:00 a.m. Panel Discussion: How well does graduate training prepare PhDs to become faculty?

Jennifer Schomaker, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin at Madison

Samuel Thomas, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Tufts University

Julie Aaron, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, DeSales University

9:30 a.m. Agency efforts: NIGMS program to mentor junior faculty; Bob Lees, National Institute of General Medical Sciences

10:00 a.m. Break

10:15 a.m. Open Discussion: Are graduate chemistry programs serving our students well?

•   Where are innovations needed to improve or enhance the training our students receive, and their preparedness to address the next generation of research challenges?

•   What are the barriers to achieving innovation in graduate chem. programs?

•   What should the graduate program of the future look like?

11:30 a.m. Wrap up; Closing remarks, Joe Francisco

12 noon Adjourn

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Chemistry graduate education is under considerable pressure. Pharmaceutical companies, long a major employer of synthetic organic chemists, are drastically paring back their research divisions to reduce costs. Chemical companies are opening new research and development facilities in Asia rather than in the United States to take advantage of growing markets and trained workforces there. Universities, especially public universities, are under significant fiscal constraints that threaten their ability to hire new faculty members. Future federal funding of chemical research may be limited as the federal budget tightens. All of these trends have major consequences for the education of chemistry graduate students in U.S. universities.

To explore and respond to these intensifying pressures, the Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology held a workshop in Washington, DC, on January 23-24 2012, titled "Graduate Education in Chemistry in the Context of a Changing Environment." The workshop brought together representatives from across the chemical enterprise, representing leaders and future leaders of academia, industry, and government. The goal of the workshop was not to come to conclusions, but to have an open and frank discussion about critical issues affecting chemistry graduate education, such as the attraction and retainment of the most able students to graduate education, financial stressors on the current support model and their implications for the future model, competencies needed in the changing job market for Ph.D. chemists, and competencies needed to address societal problems such as energy and sustainability.

Challenges in Chemistry Graduate Education: A Workshop Summary is organized into six chapters and summarizes the workshop on "Graduate Education in Chemistry in the Context of a Changing Environment."

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