In December 2017, nine research universities and a major cancer institute joined together to shine light on life science trainee data. Membership continues to grow as more institutions answer the call. Today, 39 institutions are in the process of releasing data to empower trainees to make informed decisions about their training and careers. In so doing, we will strengthen the biomedical workforce, and the science it creates.
Over the past two decades, major research institutions have been challenged to improve their practices regarding trainee-related data collection and publication.
This challenge emerged from a widespread concern that institutions primarily train scientists for academic research careers and that trainees are not aware of the full range of research careers available both inside and outside of academia, contributing to a host of well-documented issues in the biomedical workforce, including growing delays in the launching of independent research careers. With this data, trainees can make better informed choices about their ultimate training and career paths, and institutions can better prepare trainees for the broad array of careers that await them.
Read the December 15, 2017 article in Science announcing the Coalition here.
Coalition members commit to collecting and publishing data using common standards on:
- Admissions and matriculation data of PhD students.
- Median time-to-degree and completion data for PhD programs.
- Demographics of PhD students and postdoctoral scholars by gender, underrepresented minority status, and citizenship status.
- Median time in postdoctoral status at the institution.
- Career outcomes for PhD and postdoctoral alumni, classified by job sector and career type using a common taxonomy.
The next milestone for the publication of data is
Coalition data can be found here.