The training of PhD students and early-career scientists is largely an apprenticeship in which the trainee associates with an expert to become an independent scientist. But when is a PhD student ready to graduate, a postdoctoral scholar ready for an independent position, or an early-career scientist ready for advanced responsibilities? Research training by apprenticeship does not uniformly include a framework to assess if the trainee is equipped with the complex knowledge, skills and attitudes required to be a successful scientist in the 21st century. To address this problem, we propose competency-based assessment throughout the continuum of training to evaluate more objectively the development of PhD students and early-career scientists. © 2018, Verderame et al.
Recommended CitationVerderame, Michael F.; Freedman, Victoria H.; Kozlowski, Lisa M.; and McCormack, Wayne T., "Competency-based assessment for the training of PhD students and early-career scientists." (2018). College of Life Sciences Faculty Papers. Paper 3.
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