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Articles By Beryl Lieff Benderly

  • Taken for Granted: Help Is on the Way (for Some)

    Early-career issues for postdocs and other researchers who deserve better

  • Mastering the Job Market

    Professional science master's degrees, like the Master of Business Administration degree on which they are modeled, are designed as terminal credentials for people seeking science-based careers outside of academe.

  • What's Ahead for Early-Career Scientists?

    According to NSF statistics, doctoral scientists' median income rises with each year of experience until late middle age, peaking 25 to 29 years after the Ph.D. at just under $100,000.

  • Feeling the Elephant

    "All the people who put the reports together have one or another of their personal needs fulfilled … but it doesn’t help the nation." - Vivek Wadhwa

  • Rising Above "The Gathering Storm"

    "Substantially more scientists and engineers graduate from U.S. universities than can find attractive career openings in the U.S. workforce, [and] the postdoc population, which has grown very rapidly in U.S. universities and is recruited increasingly from abroad, looks more like a pool of low-cost research lab workers with limited career prospects than a high-quality training program for soon-to-be academic researchers." --Michael Teitelbaum

  • GREAT Expectations

    GREAT is now transforming its committee on postdocs into a body that will have its own independent, university-appointed membership, elected leadership, and meetings.

  • Making Mentoring Mandatory

    "If, in the course of the day, faculty spend some time talking about their career and careers in general, it wouldn’t be something they would have to keep a note of in a logbook and say, ‘Oh, this isn’t research-related.’ ”--Joseph Ellis

  • Capital Losses

    "The best and the brightest seem not to be going into science as much as they did in the past." And those who do opt for research careers "seem to be dropping out at a very high rate." --Mark Donowitz

  • The Curt Flood Effect

    "We hear persistent reports of postdocs and other folks working on grants who are either forbidden to take maternity leave or told that if they do, they'll be fired." --Joan Williams

  • Be Careful What You Wish For

    “The glut of graduate students enticed by the growing support a few years ago have since found it difficult to get their own work funded … and the sudden deceleration in funding has left many researchers feeling slighted even though their funding grew by leaps and bounds in the past decade.” --Yuval Levin

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