This seminar with Joyce B. Main, assistant professor of engineering education at Purdue University, presents findings from a National Science Foundation CAREER grant award focusing on the longer-term career outcomes of STEM PhDs. Using data from the National Science Foundation Survey of Doctorate Recipients, this study examines the role of doctoral preparation and early career management training in the attainment of leadership positions among PhDs in academia and industry. Further, this study examines potential differences in the career paths of women and men in STEM fields.
The findings contribute to greater transparency regarding longer-term career pathways, which have important implications in the persistence of doctoral students, as well as the preparation of doctoral students for the range of careers available and the transitions that may occur over a career span. Research findings can also potentially be used toward developing and strengthening strategies to recruit more women and to help diversify leadership roles across academic institutions and industry/business organizations.
Main uses quantitative and qualitative research methods to examine engineering students’ academic pathways and transition to professional engineering practice. Her talk is organized by the UW's Center for Innovation and Research in Graduate Education - CIRGE.