Shaping Graduate Student Professional Development for the STEM Workforce: Opportunities, Gaps, and Strategic Directions

    A one-day, workshop-style meeting to identify needs and opportunities for improving U.S. graduate education with a focus on enhanced professional development for STEM PhD’s and master’s students took place in Washington, D.C. on  November 8-9, 2015.  The meeting convened key employers from industry, government, and non-profit sectors; graduate deans and university researchers on graduate education and the STEM workforce; and representatives from federal agencies that fund STEM graduate students. 

     

    MEETING AGENDA

     

    Selected PowerPoint presentations from the workshop are below. 

     

    INTRODUCTION AND OVERVIEW OF THE MEETING

    Daniel Denecke, Vice President, Best Practices and Strategic Priorities, CGS

     

    FOSTERING DIALOGUE BETWEEN EMPLOYERS AND UNIVERSITIES ABOUT PROFESSIONAL SKILLS DEVELOPMENT

    Brian Fitzgerald, CEO, Business Higher Education Forum

     

    WHAT DO EMPLOYERS SEE AND SEEK IN TODAY'S STEM WORKFORCE?        
    Harold Garner, Executive Director of the Office of Medical Informatics Translation, Training and Ethics,Virginia Tech

    André Rupp, ‎Research Director, Educational Testing Service (ETS)

     

    PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS: HOW IS IT STRUCTURED?

    Cynthia Fuhrmann, Assistant Dean, Career & Professional Development of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Massachusetts Medical School

    Sharon Milgrim, Director, Office of Intramural Training and Education, National Institutes of Health

     

    IS THERE A CORE CURRICULUM FOR GRADUATE PROFESSIONAL SKILLS DEVELOPMENT?

    Barbara Knuth, Senior Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School, Cornell University

    Steve Matson, Dean, The Graduate School, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

     

    HOW DO WE KNOW OUR PROGRAMS ARE EFFECTIVE?

    Elizabeth Watkins, Dean, Graduate Division, University of California San Francisco

     

    HOW CAN PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT BE TAILORED TO MEET STEM SECTOR NEEDS?

    Wayne Camara, Senior Vice President of Research, ACT, Inc.

    Maureen Grasso, Dean, Graduate School, North Carolina State University

    Lisa Tedesco, Dean, Laney Graduate School, Emory University

     

     

     

    CONTACTS

     

    Daniel Denecke

     

    Supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF #1413827)

     

    More information on the project can be found here.

     

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