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Jacqueline E. McLaughlin; Kathryn Morbitzer; Margaux Meilhac; Natalie Poupart; Rebekah L. Layton; Michael B. Jarstfer – Studies in Graduate and Postdoctoral Education, 2024
Purpose: While known by many names, qualifying exams function as gatekeepers to graduate student advancement to PhD candidacy, yet there has been little formal study on best qualifying exam practices particularly in biomedical and related STEM PhD programs. The purpose of this study is to examine the current state of qualifying exams through an…
Descriptors: Doctoral Programs, Best Practices, STEM Education, Biological Sciences
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Julianne A. Wenner; Megan Frary; Paul J. Simmonds – Studies in Graduate and Postdoctoral Education, 2024
Purpose: Historically, graduate education's goal was to prepare academics; now most science, technology, engineering and/or mathematics (STEM) graduate students (GSs) go on to nonacademic careers. STEM GSs must be equipped for success regardless of career aspirations, which can be done by strengthening GSs' professional identities. This study aims…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Graduate Students, Professional Identity, Elementary School Science
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Reeves, Philip M.; Claydon, Jennifer; Davenport, Glen A. – Studies in Graduate and Postdoctoral Education, 2022
Purpose: Program evaluation stands as an evidence-based process that would allow institutions to document and improve the quality of graduate programs and determine how to respond to growing calls for aligning training models to economic realities. This paper aims to present the current state of evaluation in research-based doctoral programs in…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Doctoral Students, Program Evaluation, Evaluation Methods
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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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Brockman, Amanda J.; Naphan-Kingery, Dara E.; Pitt, Richard N. – Studies in Graduate and Postdoctoral Education, 2022
Purpose: While science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) postdoctoral scholars often enter their positions with strong science identities, racially marginalized scholars are often not treated as scientists, which can weaken their science identities. This study aims to examine how racial discrimination negatively affects their science…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Racial Discrimination, Postdoctoral Education, Identification (Psychology)
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Karalis Noel, Tiffany; Miles, Monica Lynn; Rida, Padmashree – Studies in Graduate and Postdoctoral Education, 2022
Purpose: Mentoring postdocs is a shared responsibility and dynamic process that requires a mutual commitment between the faculty mentor and postdoc. The purpose of this study is to understand how minoritized science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) postdocs view and engage in mentoring exchanges with their faculty mentors. In the…
Descriptors: Social Exchange Theory, Minority Group Students, Postdoctoral Education, Doctoral Students
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Wang, Yanbing; Main, Joyce B. – Studies in Graduate and Postdoctoral Education, 2021
Purpose: While postdoctoral research (postdoc) training is a common step toward academic careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields, the role of postdoc training in social sciences is less clear. An increasing number of social science PhDs are pursuing postdocs. This paper aims to identify factors associated with…
Descriptors: Postdoctoral Education, Research Training, Education Work Relationship, Social Sciences