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AB01:

Changes and Challenges in Physics Graduate Programs
  Location: HC 3027
  Date: Monday, Aug.1
  Time: 8:00 AM -8:20 AM
  Author: Michael Thoennessen, Michigan State University
517 908 7323, thoennessen@nscl.msu.edu
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: Many physics departments have made significant changes to their graduate programs in the last few years. These changes were partly driven by the increasing specialization of the field and the increasing number of interdisciplinary programs. Changes included modifications of the core curriculum and the comprehensive exams. Are these changes effective? Are the students better prepared for non-academic/industry careers? Are these changes improving the traditionally high drop-out rates? It is still too early to answer these questions, but the departments are encouraged to document and analyze the results of the implemented changes carefully so that the "best practices" can be implemented in other departments.
  Footnotes: None
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