Building Capacity for Dissemination of Evidence-Based Practices in PhD Career Development

In recent years, universities, professional societies, and funding agencies have increased investment in the career development of PhD trainees, leading to an influx of new professionals into the field and establishment of new programs.  Though the culture of PhD career development has long been one of sharing best practices, such sharing within networks has been inefficient for changing the broader higher education ecosystem. Moreover, the field of PhD career development--and graduate education more broadly--lacks resources for rigorous evaluation and research that can inform continued evolution of educational practices. As we push to enhance graduate education to better address the wealth of careers that STEM PhDs pursue, there is a national need to build capacity to test the effectiveness of educational approaches and disseminate effective practices in a way that will support their adoption and adaptation across various educational contexts with fidelity. 

I am honored to be leading an emerging cross-stakeholder initiative to facilitate the dissemination of evidence-based practices in STEM PhD career development. The initiative was initially developed by a working group brought together by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and co-chaired by Bruce Alberts and me. The project, currently in its planning phase, is moving forward with funding from ASBMB and the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, with activities supported by the National Science Foundation and Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

More about this initiative > [information coming soon]

Key colleagues on this work
Yasmeen Hussain, Ph.D., Program Manager and Policy Analyst; yasmeen.hussain@umassmed.edu
Other collaborators  [information coming soon]

Grant support and sponsorship:
American Society for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Burroughs Wellcome Fund
National Science Foundation  (grant no. 1848789, DGE-NRT)

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