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Concurrent Workshops

Workshop 1: Experiential Learning Outside The University

How should we engage trainees with real-world learning experiences? How can we connect trainees with professionals in the community?

Slides from Workshop 1 (PDF)

Co-chairs

Michele Swanson

Professor
Department of Microbiology and Immunology
Director, Medical School Office of Postdoctoral Studies
University of Michigan

John Russell

Professor
Department of Developmental Biology
Associate Dean for Graduate Education
Washington University

Workshop 2: New Models for Training Bioscientists

What are viable models for training bioscientists that meet the expectations of varied stakeholders - academia, funding agencies, trainees, industry/biotech? Are there skill sets that could be made available in academic institutions or cooperation with the private sector? Are there policy models that would support this training throughout the postdoctoral period?

Slides from Workshop 2 (PDF)

Co-chairs

Mary O’Riordan

Professor
Department of Microbiology and Immunology
Director, School of Medicine Program in Biomedical Sciences
University of Michigan

Gary McDowell

Postdoctoral Fellow
Department of Biology
Tufts University

Workshop 3: Curricular Reforms

If fundamental changes are made to how we train bioscientists, what reforms must be made to the graduate curricula, both coursework and experiential? What data could inform ongoing reforms, e.g. career paths of graduates, input from all sectors)?

Slides from Workshop 3 (PDF)

Co-chairs

Edith Lord

Professor
Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs at the School of Medicine and Dentistry
University of Rochester

Kenneth Gibbs, Jr.

Cancer Prevention Fellow
NIH/National Cancer Institute

Workshop 4: Career Track Options

Should universities create professional, non-faculty career tracks for bioscientists? If so, what are the barriers? How can these barriers be surmounted? Are there non-Ph.D. career path options that would be attractive to undergraduates and financially viable?

Slides from Workshop 4 (PDF)

Co-chairs

Andrew Feig

Professor
Department of Chemistry
Associate Dean of the Graduate School
Wayne State University

David Cardozo

Assistant Professor
Department of Neurobiology
Associate Dean for Graduate Education
Harvard University

Workshop 5: How to Correct Gender and Diversity Imbalances

What policy and practice models might better empower participation and success by all groups and at all training stages and beyond?

Slides from Workshop 5 (PDF)

Co-chairs

Nancy Street

Assistant Professor
Associate Dean
UT Southwestern Graduate School

Jabbar Bennett

Associate Dean of the Graduate School
Director of the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, Division of Biology and Medicine
Brown University

Roger Chalkley

Professor
Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics
Senior Associate Dean for Biomedical Research, Education and Training
Vanderbilt University

Workshop 6: Funding Models

What are alternative funding models for training Ph.D. students, e.g., requiring Master’s degrees, excluding support from research grants, funding Master’s training, funding laboratories? (See also career track options.)

Slides from Workshop 6 (PDF)

Co-chairs

Victor DiRita

Professor
Department of Microbiology and Immunology
Associate Dean, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
University of Michigan

Jonathan Wiest

Director, NCI Center for Cancer Training
NIH/National Cancer Institute

Workshop 7: How to Assess and Balance Ph.D. Supply and Demand, Now and In The Future

Can we assess demand for Ph.D.s, both inside and outside of academia on an ongoing basis? What strategies can be used to adjust the number of Ph.D. trainees?

Handout from Workshop 7 (PDF)

Co-chairs

Nancy Schwartz

Professor
Departments of Pediatrics and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs
University of Chicago

Jerome Kukor

Professor
Department of Environmental Science
Dean, Graduate School–New Brunswick
Rutgers University