This week EEB features graduate students of the Queen’s University Department of Biology who will present:
A student perspective on PhD training in Biology at Queen’s
On average, students take almost 5 years to complete a PhD, and of those who do successfully complete their program, fewer than 50% stay in academia. Unfortunately, most PhD programs do not currently recognize these realities. In this EEB seminar, we hope to begin anew the discussion about the ever changing nature of the PhD program and how students can be successful during and after their time in Queen’s Biology. We begin by highlighting a general lack of clarity about expectations, finances, and communication among accepted and new students. We discuss training opportunities (or the lack thereof) and why few students finish in the allotted time. We present striking data on the discrepancies between the number of trained PhDs and available jobs in academia and demonstrate a potential lack of preparedness for positions within and outside academia. We conclude by discussing steps we can take as a department to improve the prospects of current and future graduate students.
HOST: Joint EEB / Limno
The EEB Seminars run weekly, on Thursdays, in the EEB Lounge of the BioSciences Complex, Room 4338, from 12:30-1:30pm. Light refreshments are served starting at 12:15.