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.
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."