AAS 202nd Meeting, May 2003
Session 21 The Training and Work of Ph.D. Physical Scientists
Special Oral, Monday, May 26, 2003, 2:00-3:30pm, 108/109

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[21.01] The Training and Work of Ph.D. Physical Scientists

S.J. Smith (Joint Global Change Research Institute), A.E. Schweitzer (AAS Employment Committee)

Doctoral education has often been viewed as the pinnacle of the formal education system. How useful is doctoral training in one's later career? In an NSF-funded project, we set out to perform a study of the training, careers, and work activities of Ph.D. physical scientists. The study included both in-depth interviews and a survey sent out to a sample of Ph.D. holders 4-8 years after graduation.

Come and find out the results of this study: What skills are most Ph.D. physical scientists using? What should graduate programs be teaching? Are Ph.D.'s who are working in their specific field of training happier than their counterparts working different jobs? What skills and preparation lead to future job satisfaction, perhaps the most important indicator of the "success" of graduate education?

A preprint and further details can be found at the project web site at: spot.colorado.edu/~phdcarer.

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