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Enhancing the Postdoctoral Experience for Scientists and Engineers : A Guide for Postdoctoral Scholars, Advisers, Institutions, Funding Organizations, and Disciplinary Societies - National Academy of Sciences

Enhancing the Postdoctoral Experience for Scientists and Engineers

A Guide for Postdoctoral Scholars, Advisers, Institutions, Funding Organizations, and Disciplinary Societies

Paperback Published: 8th October 2000
ISBN: 9780309069960
Number Of Pages: 212

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The concept of postdoctoral training came to science and engineering about a century ago. Since the 1960s, the performance of research in the United States has increasingly relied on these recent Ph.D.s who work full-time, but on a temporary basis, to gain additional research experience in preparation for a professional research career.

Such experiences are increasingly seen as central to careers in research. But for many, the postdoctoral experience falls short of expectations. Some postdocs indicate that they have not received the recognition, standing, or compensation that is commensurate with their experience and skills. Is this the case? If so, how can the postdoctoral experience be enhanced for the over 40,000 individuals who hold these positions at university, government, and industry laboratories?

This new book offers its assessment of the postdoctoral experience and provides principles, action points, and recommendations for enhancing that experience. It is a practical guidebook that will be a "must read" for a variety of audiences.

Executive Summaryp. 1
Postdoctoral Scholars in US Institutionsp. 4
Features of the Postdoctoral Experiencep. 21
Rights, Opportunities, and Responsibilities of the Postdocp. 42
The Postdoc and the Adviserp. 57
The Postdoc and the Institutionp. 70
The Postdoc and the Funding Organizationp. 88
The Postdoc and the Disciplinary Societiesp. 95
Principles, Actions Points, and Recommendations for Enhancing the Postdoctoral Experiencep. 97
Bibliographyp. 110
Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy: Member and Staff Biographical Informationp. 115
Analysis of Quantitative Data on Postdocsp. 122
Results of Survey of Organizations with Postdoctoral Scholarsp. 138
Summary of Workshop on Enhancing the Postdoctoral Experiencep. 159
Summary of Results from Institutional Focus Groupsp. 175
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ISBN: 9780309069960
ISBN-10: 0309069963
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 212
Published: 8th October 2000
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.27 x 15.19  x 1.42
Weight (kg): 0.35

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