Assessing Graduate Programs - Survey Detail

Oregon State University

In a typical year, how many Ph.D., exiting M.S. and B.S. degrees does your department award?

4 Ph.D., 4 M.S., 25 B.S.

In a typical year, how many Ph.D., exiting M.S. and B.S. graduates find employment in industry?

About 80% of Ph.D. and M.S. graduates, and about 60% of B.S. graduates.

How does your department connect employment-seeking students or post docs with a network of graduates?

We have a LinkedIn page with over 400 current and former students, postdocs and faculty.

We invite former students to talk to student groups about their current jobs.


Faculty maintain ties with former students, and introduce current students to them.

What opportunities exist for students and post-docs to learn about the practice of science in non-academic settings (e.g. networking opportunities, internships, entrepreneur seminars ...)?

Colloquium speakers almost always meet with a large student group to discuss science, jobs and networking. We particularly arrange such meetings with speakers with industry experience.

In a typical year, how many colloquium speakers are industrial scientists?

One or two in physics. We also have a well-advertised colloquium series in materials science which adds 2-3 more.

What active collaborations exist between members of your department and industrial partners?

Several faculty are members of ONAMI, which fosters collaborative research opportunities with industry.

NSF-funded center CSMC has a strong innovation program where students can learn skills from working industrial scientists and also develop business plans to develop their research.

The Oregon State University Advantage Accelerator connects innovators and entrepreneurs to necessary resources for success with their emerging enterprises.

What is the most important message you have for prospective students and postdocs who are interested in pursuing careers in industry?

Use all the resources we have to help you network with our industrial connections, including our former students.

Connect with researchers in other departments (engineering, materials research, biochemistry) to build interdisciplinary skills.

Help us build an even stronger connection by becoming involved and helping to develop new programs!

How does your department foster development among students and post-docs of these skills that are highly valued by industry: written and verbal communications skills, ability to work in multidisciplinary teams, critical thinking about economic realities, knowledge of ethical practice?

Graduate students and post-docs are expected to give talks in our departmental seminar series, and are supported to go to conferences to present talks.

All undergraduates complete a research project that leads to a thesis (with a special thesis class to help with writing) and a presentation.

All graduate students take a research seminar in which ethical practices are discussed (required for Ph.D. candidacy at OSU).

Summer internships are possible and encouraged.


Updated: July 31, 2015

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