Assessing Graduate Programs - Survey Detail

Georgetown University

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

We typically award 3-5 Ph.D.s, 0-1 M.S. degrees, and 10-25 B.S. degrees per year.

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

Nearly all Ph.D. and exiting M.S. students find employment in industry; our graduate program is targeted toward preparing students to work in industry. About half of the undergraduates go to jobs in industry.

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

An advisory committee of industrial leaders provides guidance to the program. The professors have strong networks with employers in their respective fields. We also connect graduate and undergraduate students with our alumni network through our department's LinkedIn page and career panels featuring former students and post-docs. Finally, graduate students have the option of being connected with an industrial mentor, usually an alumnus of the Ph.D. program who works in industry. Recent graduates have found employment in a wide range of Fortune 500 high-tech firms, mid-size firms, and start-ups.

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 ...)?

Graduate students who are part of the Industrial Leadership in Physics program go on year-long apprenticeships in industry or national labs. Previous apprenticeship partners include IBM, Procter & Gamble, Areté Industries, Scientific & Biomedical Microsystems and Seagate. All students are afforded the opportunity to attend and present at conferences, as well as travel to other labs to collaborate with a broader network of scientists. Graduate students also take courses in the business school and participate in integrative experiences, group projects with written and oral presentations and sharp deadlines.

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


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

Faculty currently have funded partnerships with companies such as Celdara Medical, Owen Research Group and IBM. The faculty are also developing partnerships with BASF, Infineum, Procter & Gamble, Solvey, and St. Gobain.

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

Our Industrial Leadership in Physics Ph.D. program is specifically tailored for students pursuing careers in industry. We strongly encourage applications from students interested in this career path. Postdocs in the department also learn about these career opportunities and have been quite successful in finding industrial jobs after finishing their postdoctoral studies.

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?

Our students have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience solving industrial problems and developing skills in communication, research and teamwork during their year-long industrial apprenticeship. In addition, at the end of their first and second semester coursework, the students participate in integrative experiences. These are one-week long group projects integrating topics learned in class that solve specific technological problems. Typical projects have a laboratory and a computational component. They require both oral and written presentations. All graduate students complete a short course on Intellectual Property taught by a practicing patent attorney. The Industrial Leadership Program students also take courses in accounting, finance and marketing at the McDonough School of Business.

Updated: November 05, 2016

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