—Graduate students at private schools may unionize “Chemistry teaching and research assistants among those looking to negotiate terms of employment” Chemistry graduate students trying to unionize at private universities got a boost last week, after a ruling by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) gave them the right to collective bargaining. Abhishek Chhetri, a biochemistry graduate student at Duke University, welcomed the news. “By being able to collectively bargain, we hope to improve conditions for all graduate student workers, thus benefiting everyone by allowing us to fully dedicate ourselves to our responsibilities of research and teaching,” he says.
by Jyllian Kemsley | August 28, 2016
—By the numbers: Who’s going to chemistry and chemical engineering graduate school in the US “Average annual enrollment is up in both fields, buoyed by a steep increase in Hispanic students” Chemistry and chemical engineering graduate school enrollment was up on average from 2007 to 2017, according to data from the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS).
by Andrea Widener | July 26, 2019
The survey gathered data as of the week of Oct. 4, 2004, from chemists who graduated between July 2003 and June 2004. It reveals a median salary for inexperienced bachelor's degree graduates with full-time permanent jobs of $32,500. This median was up from the $32,000 posted by 2002–03 graduates a year earlier. The corresponding year-to-year gain for inexperienced Ph.D. graduates was to $65,000 from $63,300. For graduates with master's degrees, there was a slight dip to $43,600 from $44,500. In constant-dollar terms, however, median salaries for inexperienced new chemistry graduates remained depressed. When adjusted for inflation, the median salaries for 2003–04 graduates at all three degree levels were about 10% below the salaries received by chemists who had graduated three or four years earlier.
by MICHAEL HEYLIN, C&EN WASHINGTON | April 18, 2005
—MEDI Awards Graduate Fellowships “” THE ACS DIVISION of Medicinal Chemistry has awarded graduate fellowship awards to nine students. The awards are given to graduate students entering their third or fourth year of study. Selection is based on evaluation of an original research proposal; the medicinal chemistry content of the proposal; and on a nominee's performance and contributions to the project, academic record, and letters of recommendation.
by Linda Wang | September 08, 2008
—Demographics Of Chemistry “New data shed light on racial/ethnic makeup of chemistry graduates” FOR ITS PAST THREE annual reports, the American Chemical Society Committee on Professional Training (CPT) has revised and standardized the way it solicits information on the race, ethnicity, and citizenship of new chemistry graduates.
by Michael Heylin | September 17, 2007
At the ACS national meeting in Philadelphia this August, a presidential symposium titled "Changing Needs in Graduate Education" will provide a focus on graduate education for the meeting. The program was organized by the Division of the History of Chemistry, the Committee on Science, and the ACS Office of Graduate Education and includes overviews of graduate education and reports from universities involved in the Carnegie Initiative on the Doctorate (CID). One session will cover experiments undertaken by CID departments on various themes, including the graduate curriculum, professional development, "climate" issues, and assessment issues. Five related events are sponsored by divisions: a Division of Chemical Education symposium titled "Creating Complete Scientists: Graduate Student Visions of Doctoral Reform," a Division of Nuclear Chemistry & Technology symposium titled "Recent Advances in Nuclear and Radiochemistry," a Division of Polymer Chemistry symposium titled "Excellence in Polymer Science Graduate Research," a Division of Chemical Information (CINF) symposium titled "Graduate Education in Chemical Informatics: Needs and Opportunities," and a CINF poster session titled "Chemical Information Instruction." I decided to focus on graduate education in Philadelphia because I believe we are at a critical juncture. Chemistry is becoming more interdisciplinary every day and has expanded rapidly into the biosciences, materials science, and nanoscience. Our graduates will likely be working in frontier areas of chemistry alongside experts from related sciences.
by CHARLES P. CASEY, ACS PRESIDENT | August 02, 2004
—Survey opens for chemistry graduate students and postdocs “” Are you a graduate student or postdoc in the chemical sciences who wants to give back to the scientific community? The American Chemical Society is conducting a study of postdocs and graduate students in the chemical sciences, including chemistry and chemical engineering, in the US.
by Christian Schiavone, special to C&EN | October 12, 2019
For traditional classic chemistry--organic, inorganic, and the like--the prognosis for the significant growth needed to reach new high ground in the number of graduates is not good. According to the latest annual National Science Foundation compilation of data on new Ph.D. graduates in all disciplines, the number of chemistry graduates was down for the fourth year in a row in 2002 and about 15% below both the all-time high of 2,257 set in 1994 and the previous high of 2,238 set in 1970. The trends point to fewer men in absolute terms, a continuing increase in the percentage of graduates who are women, further slow gains for underrepresented minorities, a bottoming out of the long decline in the number of graduates who are U.S. citizens, and a continued need by chemistry departments for graduate students who are not U.S. citizens.
by MICHAEL HEYLIN, C&EN WASHINGTON | February 16, 2004
C&EN: ACSNEWS - 2003 STARTING SALARY SURVEY April 19, 2004 Volume 82, Number 16 pp. 51-55 2003 STARTING SALARY SURVEY Full-time work was harder to find for 2002-03 chemistry graduates MICHAEL HEYLIN, C&EN WASHINGTON Chemists who graduated during the 200203 academic year can be congratulated for their accomplishment, but not for their timing.
by MICHAEL HEYLIN, C&EN WASHINGTON | April 19, 2004
—National Labor Relations Board Says Graduate Students Are Not Employees “” The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has ruled that graduate student assistants at Brown University in Providence, R.I., are students under the law—not employees—and thus cannot form a unit for collective bargaining. The United Auto Workers union had sought recognition as the bargaining agent representing some Brown graduate students.
by David J. Hanson | July 26, 2004