When Ruth Atherton decided that she wanted to pursue a career in patent law after she finished her Ph.D. in cell and molecular biology, she knew she’d need to get a law degree to advance in her new career. But she had some hesitations about diving into law school full time. She wanted to get work experience right away to help confirm her career choice, and she was worried that being immersed in law school would disconnect her too much from the scientific world. She was also concerned about shouldering the hefty bill.
Universities can improve their PhD completion rates by using metrics to assess the performance of supervisors, a conference has heard. Richard Russell, a former pro vice-chancellor for research operations at the University of Adelaide, told the Third International Conference on Developments in Doctoral Education and Training that, while everyone knew academics who “should never have […]
Approximately one-third of Ph.D. students are at risk of having or developing a common psychiatric disorder like depression, a recent study reports. Although these results come from a small sample—3659 students at universities in Flanders, Belgium, 90% of whom were studying the sciences and social sciences—they are nonetheless an important addition to the growing literature […]