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Griffin, Kimberly A.; Miller, Candace; Roksa, Josipa – Studies in Graduate and Postdoctoral Education, 2023
Purpose: The purpose of this study is to examine how student agency influences career decision-making for doctoral students in biological sciences. The authors address the following questions: How do biological science graduate students navigate career indecision? And how does agency relate to their experiences with career indecision?…
Descriptors: Career Choice, Decision Making, Biological Sciences, Graduate Students
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Main, Joyce B. – Studies in Graduate and Postdoctoral Education, 2023
Purpose: The underrepresentation of women in engineering has important consequences for meeting the need for a larger, talented scientific and technological labor force. Increasing the proportion of women faculty in engineering will help increase the persistence probabilities of women undergraduate and graduate students in engineering, as well as…
Descriptors: Family Structure, Employment Patterns, Females, Graduate Students
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Cavallo, Sara E.; Cruz, Laura E.; Kim, Jamie; Brua, Chas – Studies in Graduate and Postdoctoral Education, 2023
Purpose: The purpose of this study is to explore how the phenomenon of academic professional development looks through the eyes of graduate students navigating the increasing complexity of postgraduate careers. This study pays particular attention to how current students navigate the interplay between their beliefs, intentions and behaviors when…
Descriptors: Doctoral Students, Professional Development, Career Choice, Career Development
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McAlpine, Lynn; Inouye, Kelsey – Studies in Graduate and Postdoctoral Education, 2022
Purpose: PhD graduates are increasingly taking non-academic roles outside and inside universities. While effective communication is a frequently mentioned concern among employers, little is known about what actual communication PhD graduates do as part of their work. The purpose of this study is to examine the nature of work-related communication…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, College Graduates, Career Choice, Job Skills
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Mars, Matthew M.; Moravec, Bryan G. – Studies in Graduate and Postdoctoral Education, 2022
Purpose: Market forces and other external pressures have significantly transformed higher education over the past four decades. Research on the influence of cross-sector permeation on doctoral education has primarily focused on preparing and socializing students for academic careers that involve entrepreneurial activity. Conversely, PhD student…
Descriptors: Doctoral Students, Higher Education, STEM Education, Climate
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Mcalpine, Lynn; Chiramba, Otilia Fortunate; Keane, Matt – Studies in Graduate and Postdoctoral Education, 2022
Purpose: Many nations, including African ones, view PhD graduates as a means to be more internationally competitive, and national policies may encourage outward mobility of potential PhDs, expecting that graduates on return will enhance the country's capacity. Many studies of such mobility, as with studies of early career researchers generally,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Doctoral Degrees, Doctoral Students, Foreign Students
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Mendez, Sylvia L.; Cooksey, Sarah E.; Starkey, Kathryn E.; Conley, Valerie Martin – Studies in Graduate and Postdoctoral Education, 2022
Purpose: This study aims to explore the perceptions of a diverse set of 16 engineering postdoctoral scholars regarding their fit for the professoriate. The professoriate speaks to the body of tenured/tenure-track faculty within higher education institutions. Design/methodology/approach: An intrinsic case study design was conducted to provide an…
Descriptors: Postdoctoral Education, Engineering Education, Work Attitudes, Career Choice
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Chen, Shuhua – Studies in Graduate and Postdoctoral Education, 2021
Purpose: An increasing number of doctoral graduates are seeking non-academic employment. While statistics have revealed multiple aspects regarding the non-academic employment they hold, there is insufficient documentation of what has led them to leave academia and to what extent they are prepared for non-academic positions. This paper aims to…
Descriptors: Doctoral Students, College Graduates, Employment Patterns, Education Work Relationship