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The Postdoctoral Experience: What Works? What Doesn’t Work?. Norma M. Allewell. The Data. How many? How long? Why? Who? Funding Source? Where? With whom?. How Many Recent Ph.D.’s Postdoc?. Enhancing the Postdoctoral Experience for Scientists and Engineers,

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The Postdoctoral Experience:

What Works? What Doesn’t Work?

Norma M. Allewell

the data
The Data
  • How many?
  • How long?
  • Why?
  • Who?
  • Funding Source?
  • Where?
  • With whom?
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How Many Recent Ph.D.’s Postdoc?

Enhancing the Postdoctoral Experience for Scientists and Engineers,

National Academy Press, 2000, p.10

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In Which Fields?

Enhancing the Postdoctoral Experience for Scientists and Engineers,

National Academy Press, 2000, p.23

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How Long?

Enhancing the Postdoctoral Experience for Scientists and Engineers,

National Academy Press, 2000, p.11

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Why?

Enhancing the Postdoctoral Experience for Scientists and Engineers, National Academy Press, 2000, p.16

who are our postdocs
Who are our postdocs?
  • Field
  • Gender
  • Race and ethnicity
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Enhancing the Postdoctoral Experience for Scientists and Engineers,

National Academy Press, 2000, p.8

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Enhancing the Postdoctoral Experience for Scientists and Engineers,

National Academy Press, 2000, p.34

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Enhancing the Postdoctoral Experience for Scientists and Engineers,

National Academy Press, 2000, p.35

race and ethnicity
Race and Ethnicity
  • Approximately 50% temporary residents, regardless of field
  • Total number of under-represented minorities in 1997: 1242 (3%)
    • 57% in life sciences
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Sources of Funding

Enhancing the Postdoctoral Experience for Scientists and Engineers,,National Academy Press, 2000, p.27

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Where?

Enhancing the Postdoctoral Experience for Scientists and Engineers,

National Academy Press, 2000, p.5

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Washington University

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Cornell University

University of Minnesota

University of Southern California

University of Arizona

California Institute of Technology

University of Wisconsin - Madison

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Indiana University

Baylor College of Medicine

U Texas SW Medical Center at Dallas

U Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

Harvard University

University of California at San Francisco

Stanford University

Johns Hopkins University

University of California at San Diego

University of Washington

University of California at Berkeley

University of Pennsylvania

University of California, Los Angeles

Duke University

University of Michigan

University of Colorado

Top 25 Academic Institutions in terms of

Total Number of Postdoctoral Appointments in 1998

Enhancing the Postdoctoral Experience

for Scientists and Engineers,

National Academy Press, 2000, p.6

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Work and Family

http://pw1.netcom.com/~swansont/science.html

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Percentages of Postdoctorates who are Married or have Children, by PhD Field and Gender, 1997. Source: 1997 Survey of Doctorate Recipients.

Enhancing the Postdoctoral Experience for Scientists and Engineers,

National Academy Press, 2000, p.38

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Enhancing the Postdoctoral Experience for Scientists and Engineers,

National Academy Press, 2000, p.38

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Enhancing the Postdoctoral Experience for Scientists and Engineers,

National Academy Press, 2000, p.38

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Relationship to Advisor

  • Matching Expectations
  • Degree of independence
    • Financial
    • Choice of project
    • Execution
    • “Taking it with you”
  • Mentoring
    • Communication
    • Career paths and career skills
    • One or many?

The Scientist 14[3]:6, Feb. 7, 2000

relationship to institution
Relationship to Institution
  • Institutional recognition and support
  • Personnel policies
  • Immigration issues
career preparation outside the laboratory
Career Preparation Outside the Laboratory
  • Communication
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Managerial skills
  • Teaching experience
  • Grant and manuscript preparation
  • Ethical conduct of research
work and family
Work and Family
  • An uncertain future?
  • Delayed gratification?
  • The two career couple
  • Children

When I went from grad student to postdoc, I got a 20 percent increase --from 80 hours a week to 96."

The Scientist 12[23]:2, Nov. 23, 1998

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A postdoc, a grad student, and their professor are taking a walk outdoors during lunch when they come upon an old brass lamp. They pick it up and dust it off. Poof! Out pops a genie!

"Thank you for releasing me from my lamp-prison," he says, "I can grant you three wishes- one for each of you."

The postdoc thinks a moment, and then she says, "I'd like to be out sailing a yacht across the Pacific, racing before the wind, with a crew of totally buffed-out, gorgeous guys."

"It is done," says the Genie, and Poof! the postdoc disappears.

The grad student thinks a moment and says, "I'd like to be riding my Harley with a gang of beautiful women throughout the American Southwest."

"It is done," says the Genie, and Poof! the grad student disappears.

The professor looks at where the other two had been standing and rubs his chin in thought. Then, he tells the Genie, "I'd like those two back in lab after lunch."