LSU Graduate School to participate as affiliate partner in PhD Career Pathways project



The LSU Graduate School will participate as an affiliate partner in the PhD Career Pathways project, which is a coalition of universities to better understand career preferences and outcomes for PhD students coming together, the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) announced. Twenty-nine universities were selected to receive awards to participate as funded project partners, while the LSU Graduate School as an affiliate partner has committed to sharing PhD Career Pathways survey data with the CGS. The multi-year project is sponsored by the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) and is funded by grants from the National Science Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Survey data will allow both the LSU Graduate School and CGS member institutions to analyze PhD preferences for current and prospective students, strengthen career services and professional development opportunities, and increase mentoring in doctoral programs.

"The Council of Graduate Schools' Career Pathways project is perfectly aligned with our own goals of integrating alternative career outcome planning throughout graduate studies and of long-term tracking of graduates' successes," said Graduate School Dean Michelle Massé. "The first meeting with participating universities earlier this month at CGS's Summer Workshops was energizing and productive.  I look forward to what lies ahead."

Our PhD alumni make significant contributions to various professions in academia, government, and the nonprofit sector. Participating in PhD Career Pathways is one of the Graduate School’s many efforts to enhance resources that will ensure career preparedness for students from all of our degree programs. We look forward to supporting the national effort toward career diversity for PhDs.