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    2010 CGS/NSF Workshop: The Role and Status of the Master's Degree in STEM

    The CGS/NSF Workshop, "The Role and Status of the Master's Degree in STEM," convened on May 18, 2010 at the National Science Foundation and included approximately 88 attendees who broadly represented leaders in graduate education, and representatives of funding institutions, federal agencies, and disciplinary societies. The goals of the workshop were to:


    • Offer an overview of the current role and status of the master's degree in STEM
    • Encourage interdisciplinary dialogue as it concerned master's completion and attrition
    • Provide updates regarding the CGS Professional Science Master's (PSM) Initiative and NSF Science Master's Program
    • Gain information about the career outcomes for STEM master's degree recipients.


    The workshop commenced with introductory remarks from CGS President, Debra Stewart, and the NSF Acting Assistant Director of the Directorate for Education and Human Resources, Joan Ferrini-Mundy. The keynote address entitled, "The Demand for STEM and Graduate Education through 2018," was delivered by noted economist, Tony Carnevale, who directs the Center on Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University. Each of the four workshop panels included experts from various sectors of graduate education and the STEM workforce.


    Some of the key findings and recommendations for future inquiry will be summarized in a final draft of the CGS White Paper entitled, "Completion and Attrition in Master's Programs in STEM."


    Workshop Agenda and Presentations


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