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Faculty Research Fellow

PAM MABROUK

Pam Mabrouk
Associate Professor
Chemistry and Chemical Biology
College of Arts and Sciences
102 Hurtig Hall
617-373-2845

COOPERATIVE EDUCATION AND THE ADVANCEMENT OF CHEMISTRY & CHEMICAL BIOLOGY GRADUATE STUDENTS

The Chemistry & Chemical Biology (CCB) Department at Northeastern University was selected last year as an Allied Department in the Carnegie Initiative on the Doctorate (CID), a multi-year study of doctoral education being conducted by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. As PI on the project, since June 2003 I have been conducting a study of our current M.S. and Ph.D. graduate students and recent graduates (both M.S. and Ph.D.) and full-time faculty to identify the strengths and weaknesses of our program.

Based on the study findings, we are particularly interested in two different projects that after our recent discussions may be of interest and relevance to POE research nationally:

  1. Exploring the value of co-operative educational opportunities at the graduate level in Chemistry & Chemical Biology; and/or

  2. Developing a course for advanced graduate students that provides them with valuable information and mentoring about non-academic careers (the majority of chemistry graduates will be employed in industry) and that assists them in making the transition from the academy to the real world.
Both projects are likely to be of interest and value to other disciplines and their respective departments at Northeastern University and focus on issues related to practice-oriented education, specifically the integration of learning outside the classroom with that in an academic setting and learning through structured reflection with others. Furthermore, each addresses a major issue of current interest in graduate education at the national level and therefore is likely to result in development of a model that has the potential for national impact.
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