Graduate Education in Chemistry Three Years After the ACS Report

Saturday, 14 February 2015: 8:30 AM-11:30 AM
Room LL20A (San Jose Convention Center)
Mary M. Kirchhoff,American Chemical Society (ACS), Washington, DC
In 2012, a Presidential Commission of the American Chemical Society (ACS) released a report on the future of graduate education in the chemical sciences.  This report presented four major conclusions, focused on career preparation, funding, safety, and professional opportunities, related to graduate education.  Complementary to this report is a survey that the ACS conducted of its graduate student members in 2013.  The survey addressed career plans and preparation, student-advisor relationships, and support mechanisms.  This presentation will summarize the recommendations contained within the Commission and survey reports, highlight progress in implementing these recommendations, and discuss findings that are applicable to other disciplines.