Council of Graduate Schools - Ph.D. Completion Project  
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University of Cincinnati

Principal Investigator
Neville Pinto
Vice Provost & Dean, Graduate School
Tel (513) 556-4336

Participating Programs (22)

College of Engineering:

Aerospace Engineering
Biomedical Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering
Engineering Mechanics
Environmental Engineering
Environmental Sciences Engineering
Industrial Engineering
Material Science Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Nuclear Engineering

College of Medicine:

Cellular and Molecular Biology
Environmental Health
Molecular and Cellular Physiology
Molecular and Developmental Biology
Molecular, Cellular, and Biomedical Pharmacology
Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology
Pathobiology and Molecular Medicine

Criminal Justice

This proposal is comprised of a core longitudinal study and five related projects spanning a period of 10 years. The fundamental goal of our Ph.D. Completion Project is to identify interventions guided by our longitudinal study which are effective in increasing the completion rate, invest in those interventions, and then broadly share the results. The Steering Committee, with access to appropriate staff support, will conduct an evaluation of each of the programs annually, including an assessment of both the implementation and outcomes; results will be shared nationally and statewide.

Proposed Interventions

  • A quantitative and qualitative longitudinal study of Ph.D. student attitudes and outcomes
  • Graduate recruitment weekend
  • Graduate program directors council
  • Early scholarly and research experiences
  • “Biomedical Flex Program”: allows students to matriculate as Ph.D. students without declaring which of the 10 Ph.D. programs they will enter until their second year
  • Enhanced teaching opportunities


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