Monday, in a blog post on the Feedback Loop, colleagues at NIGMS outline the recent history of NIH’s efforts that impact graduate student training, as well as recent discussions beyond NIH on how to modernize and revitalize graduation education and training.
These conversations raise an important question, “Is NIH’s support of graduate-level training keeping pace with how we do science?”. This question has come greater into the forefront of our discussions in the context of reproducibility and rigor in NIH funded research. Are graduate student trainees getting the necessary training to perform rigorous experiments? If not, does it point to a larger need to rework graduate education in biomedical and behavioral research? And, of course, what is NIH’s role in this?
We are considering how to enhance our training programs to best meet the needs of modern science, and look forward to involving you in this discussion. I encourage you to take a look at the Feedback Loop blog post, and share your thoughts with NIH.