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New CGS Resource on Professional Development for STEM Graduate Students

Promising practices, common challenges, recommendations, and possible next steps toward coordinated improvements to the professional development of STEM graduate students, including PhDs, master’s degree holders, and postdoctorates are available in the new CGS publication: Professional Development: Shaping Effective Programs for STEM Graduate Students. This report also includes discussion of useful tools and resources, as well as of issues that commonly arise in university discussion around professional development. More information about the project is available on the CGS website.

Understanding PhD Career Pathways for Program Improvement: Preparing Your Institution’s Proposal

Tuesday, January 24 | 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET

Join CGS’ first webinar of the year for the inside scoop on how best to prepare your proposal for Understanding PhD Career Pathways for Program Improvement, a CGS best practice project to increase the capacity of graduate schools to gather data on PhD career pathways and use them for program improvement, supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Fifteen awards will be made to support this effort for humanities PhDs. A Request for Proposals (RFP) will be issued in early January 2017; letters of intent will be due February 17; and full proposals will be due May 1. U.S. based, doctoral-granting CGS member institutions are eligible to submit a proposal. Register now to learn more about this opportunity!

New Report Highlights Promise of Holistic Graduate Admissions to Increase Diversity

Interested in learning more about the roles of faculty mentorship in facilitating graduate school aspirations of students of color? Read the latest CGS Data Sources PLUS article by Dr. Linda DeAngelo, assistant professor of higher education at the University of Pittsburgh. This paper summarizes the proceedings from the spring 2016 CGS Research and Policy Forum and includes discussion on the implications for institutional culture around mentorship.

Valuable Presentations Available from CGS 56th Annual Meeting

With nearly 700 registrants, the 2016 CGS Annual Meeting was our most successful yet. Visit the CGS website to review presentations from this year’s pre-meeting workshops and concurrent and plenary sessions. We will continue to update the sites as we receive new presentations, and don’t forget that presentations from past meetings are also available.

Conference on the Future of Bioscience Graduate and Postdoctoral Training

June 8-10, 2017

The University of Colorado and University of Michigan will co-host the Future of Bioscience Graduate and Postdoctoral Training (FOBGAPT2) meeting from June 8-10, 2017. Building upon last year’s meeting in Ann Arbor, the meeting will address the implementation of new models for graduate and postdoctoral education in the biosciences. Outcomes will include strategies for individual institutions and consensus recommendations for national policy, to be summarized in a publication authored by workshop chairs.  Participation of up to 500 stakeholders from academia, the private sector, federal agencies, and private foundations will be invited. The meeting will be held at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Denver. Detailed information on session topics, logistics, and registration is available at the conference website. For questions, contact David Engelke. Registration and submission of “What Works” abstracts will close April 1st.  Early registration and hotel reservations are strongly advised.