Graduate Education Conference 2008
The Status and Future of Graduate Education in Physics
January 31 – February 2, 2008
American Center for Physics
College Park, MD
This conference addressed the status and future of graduate education in physics. Participants included department chairs and directors of graduate studies from large and small physics departments in the nation, as well as members of the physics community from industry, funding agencies and professional societies.
Keynote speakers included Ken Heller, Past President of AAPT; and Renee Diehl, co-author of the APS/AAPT Joint Report on Graduate Education in Physics.
- Graduate curriculum
- Preparation for non-academic careers
- Communication skills
- Professional development
- TA training
- Comprehensive exam
- Departmental climate
Departments were encouraged to share their experiences in the form of posters, and to participate in panel sessions and discussions with colleagues.
Keivan Stassun of Vanderbilt Fisk speaking on "Recruiting, Retention and Funding: Building Bridges to Diversity."