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.

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Gray arrow  PhD Requirement Survey (Excel ®)
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Conference Topics

  • Graduate curriculum
  • Preparation for non-academic careers
  • Communication skills
  • Professional development
  • TA training
  • Ethics
  • Comprehensive exam
  • Departmental climate
  • Advising

Departments were encouraged to share their experiences in the form of posters, and to participate in panel sessions and discussions with colleagues.

Conference Findings

Graduate Education Conference Report CoverGraduate Education in Physics: Which Way Forward?
Reporting the status and future of graduate physics education with recommendations.

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Keivan Stassun of Vanderbilt Fisk

Keivan Stassun of Vanderbilt Fisk speaking on "Recruiting, Retention and Funding: Building Bridges to Diversity."