Outcomes - Career Placement
Since 1987, the NIH Biotechnology Training Program at The University of Kansas has successfully placed its graduates in the Pharmaceutical Industry (32.8%), Biotechnology Industry (32.8%), Universities (14.9%), and Government Laboratories (9%, e.g., NIH, FDA, NIST) as shown in Figure 1. In addition, some graduates have become Entrepreneurs and Pharmaceutical/ Biotechnology Industry Consultants (6%) and a few have pursued other Health Care Professions (4.5%). Over a third of graduates (37%) in industry and government laboratories have attained high levels in managerial positions such as vice presidents, directors, and group leaders. A small percentage of graduates became faculty members (7.5%) and senior research scientists (3%) in universities. Some of the recent graduates are still working as postdoctoral research scientists (4.5%) at government institutes and universities.
In the past 15 years, the average time to earn a Ph.D. degree was 4.8 years with an average of 4.3 publications per student that graduated with a Ph.D. degree. The majority of trainees earned degrees (93%), with 83% completing their Ph.D. and 10% completing Masters degrees. A small percentage (7%) of the trainees dropped out of the program due to academic or personal reasons (e.g., health and family), or moved to another university. The demographic composition of graduated and current trainees is 59% female and 41% male students with 11% of the trainees being underrepresented minority or disabled students. All underrepresented minority or disabled students that stayed in the program and graduated (6 out of 7) completed their PhD degrees; one of these graduates has advanced to become a Full Professor and now is an Assistant Dean at a university. Another underrepresented minority graduate has successfully reached a position of Vice President in a pharmaceutical company.