Issue Date: September 4, 2006
If the saying is true and variety is indeed the spice of life, chemistry and chemical engineering education is getting pretty zesty these days. Working through their chemistry and chemical engineering departments, students are increasingly selecting individualized paths to bachelor's degrees and finding some Ph.D. departments more willing to accommodate their needs. This year's education supplement examines innovations in academic programs, as well as practical tips for academic job hunters.
First is a close look at the recently completed Carnegie Initiative on the Doctorate for insight into the evolving Ph.D. degree. Focusing on several universities and their experiences instituting reforms, Associate Editor Sarah Everts describes departmental changes that include first-year lab rotations, professional development workshops, and programs to ensure that all students feel that they are part of departmental activities.
Next is a survey of international study and how it can put chemistry students a jump ahead of their colleagues in terms of their communication skills and their ability to solve problems on the fly. Assistant Editor Linda Wang talks with people who have managed to study abroad and graduate with chemistry degrees on time. She reports on the challenges and opportunities of this increasingly popular educational choice.
Then comes a story about chemical engineering students looking for real-world experience before graduation as interns or as co-op students. Assistant Editor Rachel Petkewich examines both types of experiential opportunities and what students can gain from them. Many employers end up hiring their co-op students. Petkewich talks with recruiters who explain why.
Finally, Associate Editor Susan R. Morrissey, with the help of professors at major research universities, has come up with a list of 10 tips to help postdocs land faculty positions. In researching the article, Morrissey asked professors to tell her about mistakes job candidates make during interviews. The result is light-hearted in tone but serious in substance.
- Changing Times
- Evolving The Doctorate Carnegie initiative inspires reshaping of Ph.D. programs to fit modern times.
Maternity Leave For Graduate Students.
- Lofty Goals
Describing The Doctorate.
- Passport To Science Once outnumbered by humanities majors, science students are now studying abroad in force.
- Global Science Corps
Program provides opportunities for established scientists to do research in developing countries.
- Virtual Help
Study Abroad Web Resources.
- No Substitute For Experience Chemical engineering students at all levels can benefit from 'learn and earn' opportunities.
- 10 Tips To Help You Get A Faculty Job Faculty from around the country share stories to help candidates 'ace' the interview process.
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