Graduate students

UC Irvine experiments with a new graduate degree and postdoc hybrid program

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UC Irvine moves toward a system in which doctorates can be earned in five years, half the norm for these fields at many institutions. Some departments embrace plan; they fear impact on dissertations and on adjuncts.

New report argues for better mentoring, pay, and career progression for postdocs

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National Academies report sees system in disarray and calls for better pay, more mentoring and speedier path to their own labs.

Analysis says humanities Ph.D.s get take longer in coursework than dissertations

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New analysis suggests that time to degree for Ph.D.s may not be as lengthy as some assume, and that the key to shorter humanities doctorates may be coursework, not the dissertation.

Marquette U. grad student she's being targeted after ending a class discussion on gay marriage

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Marquette TA becomes focus of debate for telling a student his facts criticizing gay marriage were incorrect. Critics say she squelched a student's view, but many academics say she's become a target just for doing her job.

Foreign grad population is increasing from India, but not China

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New graduate enrollments from outside the U.S. are up, thanks in large part to a big increase from India. But Chinese numbers show a small drop.

Unusual sexual harassment case at Northwestern U. brings out advocates of student indemnification

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Unusual sexual harassment lawsuit at Northwestern U., in which a professor is suing a former graduate student who accused him of assault, has sparked debate about student indemnification policies.

Researchers react to study about sexual harassment of scientists in the field

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Following a study, scientists call for more attention to sexual harassment and assault prevention at off-campus research sites.

Scholar explores how graduate admissions committees view measures of merit and diversity

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Scholar goes behind scenes to observe professors decide whom to admit to top Ph.D. programs. She finds that GRE and grades dominate first winnowing, while diversity comes into play later.

Book focuses on human aspects of graduate advising

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New handbook on advising sheds light on the more personal, human aspects of the process.

 

MLA report calls for Ph.D. program reform, including cutting time to degree

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MLA urges radical changes in Ph.D. education, including shorter time to degree, new forms for the dissertation and greater emphasis on learning to teach.

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