Science, Math, and Engineering Career Resources
Great advice on the application and interview process in academia from Jon Dantzig, the chair of the faculty recruiting committee at UIUC's Mechanical and Industrial Engineering department.
"Bad pay, zero job security, no benefits, endless commutes. Is this any way to treat PhDs responsible for teaching a generation of college students?" Sunday Washington Post Magazine, July 21, 2002.
Chronicle of Higher Education , September 2007. "[F]or many of today's graduate students,
the future could not look much bleaker. They see long periods of training, a shortage of
academic jobs, and intense competition for research grants looming ahead of them. 'They get a
sense that this is a really frustrating career path,' says Thomas R. Insel, director of the
National Institute of Mental Health. So although the operating assumption among many
academic leaders is that the nation needs more scientists, some of brightest students in the
country are demoralized and bypassing scientific careers."
Great advice from Simon Peyton Jones at Microsoft Research.
Michael Teitelbaum's presentation at the 2002 GUIRR Pan-Organizational Summit. "To state the message succinctly: those who are concerned about whether the production of US scientists and engineers is sufficient for national needs must pay serious attention to whether careers in science and engineering are attractive relative to other career opportunities available to US students."
Daniel S. Greenberg, Washington Post, May 19, 2004. "A scientist shortage? Again? The gloomy warnings are back. They're underpinned by declines in science studies by U.S. students and a post-Sept. 11 falloff in the enrollment of foreigners, who have traditionally filled as many as half the graduate slots in U.S. universities and have taken jobs here after graduation. A crisis is in the making, says a report by a pillar of the scientific establishment, the National Science Board, which warns that the 'trends threaten the economic welfare and security of our country.'"
Jesse Ausubel, The Scientist, February 5, 1996. "Universities must reconsider production of Ph.D.'s and the invisible hands of franchise expansion, recruiting to sustain the enterprise, and stars that propel it. We should seek positive checks on population rather than suffer the academic equivalents of famine, war, and ill health."
The Scientist, March 5, 2001. "Doctoral programs do not adequately prepare students for the future.... To solve this problem the University of Texas, which produces the largest number of Ph.D.s annually, established a professional development program. Initiated in 1997, the mission of the University of Texas at Austin Intellectual Entrepreneurship Program is to help students realize the value of their expertise, discover their disciplinary identity, and become successful academic professionals." (Requires free registration)
All new rankings of nearly 6000 graduate programs at 418 universities. Rankings include new
data from NSF on where recent PhDs got jobs, how they were funded, and more.
Peter Fiske and Geoff Davis (creator of phds.org) have started a blog / forum on science and
engineering careers and education. Come check it out!
BusinessWeek, October 26, 2007. "Forget the conventional wisdom. U.S. schools are turning
out more capable science and engineering grads than the job market can support."