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Graduate Education: Brown to Participate in National Study of Doctoral Career Paths

July 24, 2017

Brown University is one of 29 institutions — and the only one in New England — selected to participate in a nationwide effort to study doctoral student aspirations and alumni careers in humanities and STEM fields, the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) announced. During the multi-year  project, universities will collect data from current Ph.D. students and alumni using CGS-developed surveys. The resulting information will allow universities to analyze Ph.D. career preferences and outcomes in order to strengthen career services, professional development opportunities and mentoring in doctoral programs. Brown will receive $80,000 in grant money to fund its participation.

“This grant provides the Graduate School with the resources to better understand the career aspirations and pathways of our doctoral students,” said Professor Andrew Campbell, dean of the graduate school. “The work funded by this grant will also inform us as to how those who have graduated are managing their careers and the things that Brown can do to maximize current and future student success.” 

Universities will also be able to use the data to communicate the career trajectories of humanities and STEM Ph.D. alumni to current and prospective students, helping them to make more informed selections of Ph.D. programs, according to the CGS announcement.

Read more of David Orenstein's story about the nationwide study of doctoral students.