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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Board on Science Education
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
Graduate Training in the Social and Behavioral Sciences: A Public Workshop
Project Scope

An ad hoc committee will plan and conduct a two day workshop on Graduate Training in the Social and Behavioral Sciences to help identify educational changes that may be needed in order to better prepare PhD students in the social and behavioral sciences for the job market and scientific challenges of the future. The workshop will cover the following themes:

• Current production and employment of PhD’s in the social and behavioral sciences, including different pathways
  for training and where individuals holding PhD’s in SBS are currently employed.
• How changes in science, academia, government, and business are creating new demands and challenges for the
  future SBS workforce.
• How employers perceive their future needs.
• How training and career pathways for graduate students in the social and behavioral sciences will need to be
  transformed in order to respond to changing data resources, research practices, and career opportunities.
• How the issues above might vary across the social, behavioral, and economic sciences.
• Data needs and the potential research areas to inform reshaping graduate training and to identify best practices.

The workshop featured invited presentations and discussion on the identified themes and will produce a proceedings that will be published in 2017.

Sponsors: National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation

Public Workshop

June 8-9, 2017
NAS Building, Lecture Room
2101 Constitution Avenue
Washington, DC 20418


Archived Webcast


Robert M. Kaplan (Chair), Stanford University
Amanda Bayer, Swarthmore College
Jean Comaroff, Harvard University
Rachel Dwyer, The Ohio State University
James S. Jackson (NAM), University of Michigan
Ellen Konar, Mindset Works
Brent Roberts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Peter Zandan, Hill and Knowlton Strategies


Amy Stephens, Program Officer
Leticia Garcilazo Green, Senior Program Assistant

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