Enterprising graduate students have proposed more than 500 ideas of how to improve graduate programs in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The entries were solicited as part of the Innovation in Graduate Education challenge, sponsored by the National Science Foundation.

First prize was awarded for an idea to create a comprehensive online portal for graduate students to help them find an advisor, manage their path to graduation, and find a job. Kevin Disotell, a Ph.D. candidate at The Ohio State University, won $3,000 for the concept.

Other winning ideas include training graduate students in narrative story telling to better communicate their research, creating ‘equality ambassadors’ to facilitate dialogue around issues on women in science, and offering students the opportunity to engage in external graduate assistantships in government, industry, or non-profits.


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