Past Event

Graduate Education in Chemistry in the Context of a Changing Environment

January 23, 2012 - January 24, 2012

Location: Keck Center of the National Academies
500 Fifth St. NW Washington DC 20001

This workshop discussed the graduate education in chemistry in the context of a changing environment for the practice of chemistry. The workshop focused on the goals of graduate education in chemistry, and whether current programs align with goals appropriate for the current era. The workshop included 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 non-traditional 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.

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Workshop Summaries Resulting from this Event

Challenges in Chemistry Graduate Education: A Workshop Summary (2012)

Chemistry graduate education is under considerable pressure: pharmaceutical companies, long a major employer of synthetic organic chemists, are paring back their research divisions to reduce costs; chemical companies are opening research and development facilities in Asia rather than in the United States to take advantage of growing markets and trained workforces there; and universities, are under significant fiscal constraints that threate... More >>