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Accession Number PB2013-100564
Title Challenges in Chemistry Graduate Education: A Workshop Summary.
Publication Date 2012
Media Count 96p
Personal Author N/A
Abstract 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 R&D 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, D.C., on January 23-24, 2012, entitled 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 PhD chemists, and competencies needed to address societal problems such as energy and sustainability.
Keywords Benefits
Chemical companies
Chemistry
Chemists
Faculty members
Pharmaceutical companies
Students
Universities


 
Source Agency National Academy of Science National Research Council
National Research Council Division of Earth Sciences
NTIS Subject Category 99 - Chemistry
57Q - Pharmacology & Pharmacological Chemistry
Corporate Author National Research Council, Washington, DC. Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1304
Contract Number N/A

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