Is higher education producing more doctoral scientists than the market can absorb? With the attendance rates at graduate schools increasing, has the private sector’s growth been able to keep up and will there be enough options for tomorrow’s PhDs? Join our two experts Richard Freeman and Paula Stephan as they share their viewpoints on the state of higher education, the economy and how industry and academia can better prepare current and future graduates.
What You Will Learn
- The market for PhD chemists differs from the market for those trained in the biomedical sciences
- The market for PhD chemists is highly responsive to overall economic conditions
- Virtually no departments provide potential students with information before they get to graduate school concerning what the employment picture for recent graduates has been. Any department that receives external funding should be required to post outcome results on the web.
- Universities should provide alternative perspectives regarding employment and degree options early in the graduate school experience.
Date: Thursday November 8, 2012
Time: 2:00-3:00 pm ET
- Why Are There Still Too Many Graduate Students?
- Are our universities producing too many PhDs?
- Competition and Careers in Biosciences
- Tepid Recovery Curtails Hiring
- Help from ACS Careers for ACS Members
Meet the Experts
Richard B. Freeman holds the Herbert Ascherman Chair in Economics at Harvard University. He is currently serving as Faculty co-Director of the Labor and Worklife Program at the Harvard Law School. He directs the National Bureau of Economic Research / Sloan Science Engineering Workforce Projects, and is Senior Research Fellow in Labour Markets at the London School of Economics’ Centre for Economic Performance.
Paula Stephan’s research interests focus on the careers of scientists and engineers and the process by which knowledge moves across institutional boundaries in the economy. She is a Fellow of the AAAS, has served on numerous National Research Council committees and was on the General Medical Advisory Council, National Institutes of Health, 2005-2009. Her book How Economics Shapes Science was published this year by Harvard University Press.
Patricia Blum Simpson is Director of Academic Advising and Career Services for students in Chemistry and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign’s School of Chemical Sciences. Patricia obtained her BA from Concordia College-Moorhead and her MEd in College Student Affairs from Azusa Pacific University. She has worked 14 years in the career services field.
The Fine Print
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