The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine has published calls for input regarding two of its ongoing projects. The goal of the first project, Revitalizing Graduate STEM Education for the 21st Century, is to explore strategies and policies at both the local and federal levels to better meet the education and career preparation needs of today’s master’s and doctoral graduate students. The second project, the Next Generation Researchers Initiative, is examining policy and programmatic steps to improve the success and longevity of biological and behavioral researchers as they transition to independent careers.
The Committee on Revitalizing issued a Discussion Document proposing core educational elements for both master’s and doctoral degree programs, as well as additional questions for consideration by the public and graduate training stakeholders. Responses should be submitted electronically by September 22, 2017. Similarly, the “Next Generation” Committee sent out a “Dear Colleague” letter asking for feedback on four main topics: research funding; grant award and review; transparency in training and mentoring; and underrepresented populations. Responses are due by October 1, 2017.