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Evaluation of the National Science Foundation’s Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship Program (IGERT): Follow-up Study of IGERT Graduates


This report presents the findings from the IGERT Graduates Follow-up Study, which was designed to investigate the short-term professional outcomes of IGERT graduates and to assess whether IGERT- funded graduate students are prepared for successful STEM-related careers and have developed the requisite research, teaching, and leadership capacities. It also explores how IGERT graduates have fared in their early careers, one to eight years postgraduation, relative to their counterparts trained through more traditional single-discipline programs. The findings from this study illustrate the interdisciplinary environment in which STEM graduates currently work, the alignment between IGERT graduate training and the STEM workforce, and the role IGERT graduates are playing in advancing a more interdisciplinary approach to research and in training the next generation of STEM scholars and researchers.