Graduate students

Professional Development for Postdocs

New federal law and agency guidelines aim to prod scientists and universities to ensure that fellows get career training.

Catching Up in International Grad Students

American universities report increases in applications and admission offers, but numbers still haven't reached 2003 levels.

The Graduate Education Mismatch

Political science study points out that some of what's missing in graduate education would make the new Ph.D.'s more desirable as job candidates -- especially outside research institutions.

A Haven for Minority Scholars

1,100 black, Hispanic and other minority Ph.D.'s and doctoral students gather for advice and kinship in a setting where they're more than a "speck in a room."

More Doctors of Philosophy (and Science)

Number of Ph.D.'s awarded by American universities spikes in 2006 -- with increases largely in scientific fields and among non-U.S. citizens.

Reforming the 'Formation of Scholars'

Doctoral education in the United States, though the envy of the world, needs serious reforms that require a new emphasis on the creation of "intellectual communities" that will change the roles of both professors and graduate students, argues a book being released today by the Carnegie Endowment for the Advancement of Teaching.

Hope on Ph.D. Attrition Rates -- Except in Humanities

New data suggest that more people who start doctoral programs are sticking with them, at least in the sciences.

Competition for Top Grad Students

The day after Harvard changed the rules of undergraduate aid, university briefs its faculty on plans to improve stipends in humanities and social sciences.

How to Cut Ph.D. Time to Degree

The key may be changing faculty behavior, not just grad student behavior. An unusual policy at Harvard yields dramatic success.

Passion, Joy and Graduate Education (Really)

Historians consider why new doctoral students get disconnected from what drew them to the field (bad historiography being one culprit) -- and how to keep them excited.


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