Nuts and Bolts for a Successful Graduate Study and Thereafter

Safe Science: Promoting a Culture of Safety in Academic Chemical Research

On August 5, 2014, the National Academic Press and NRC have released a report entitled Safe Science: Promoting a safety culture in academic chemical research by the Committee on Establishing and Promoting a Culture of Safety in Academic Laboratory Research, convened by NRC. The report examines successful safety systems from other sectors such as industrial research and aviation, and identifies the roles of various groups within the academic chemical research enterprise that can play in bolstering lab safety. It is highly recommended that every Tong Lab member should read it. Summaries are geared towards specific stakeholder groups, and is available here:

ACS White Paper: Driving a Culture of Safety in Chemical Development: Best Practices for Safe and Sustainable Processes.

The Benefits for Having a Graduate Degree in Chemistry

The 2014 ACS New Graduates Starting Salaries Survey shows that the median starting salary in 2013 for inexperienced graduates in chemistry related jobs is $39,560 for bachelor’s, $55,000 for master’s, and $75,750 for Ph.D.s.

Similar differences were found in 2013 Survey and earlier Surveys (accessible for ACS members). Here are two newer survey results: C&EN June 29, 2015, New-Grad Salaries & Employment and  C&EN November 14, 2016, How Do Chemists' Salaries Stack up

Interpersonal Skills