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SELECTION AND TRAINING OF STUDENTS FOR INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH

Science  16 Feb 1945:
Vol. 101, Issue 2616, pp. 157-160
DOI: 10.1126/science.101.2616.157

Abstract

To summarize, I have tried to suggest that knowledge, valuable as it is, is not considered the most important qualification for industrial research. Character, aptitude and attitudes are more important. Should they not be rated so in the college educational program? Aptitude, though it can not be trained, can and should be screened by the college more than is done to-day, to avoid the lifelong disappointments of misplacement. Character and attitudes actually are molded by college influences, for better or worse, and therefore are products of college life and are the responsibilities of the college, just as much as scholarship. The fact that the molding influence is the student body, more than the faculty, makes the problem different from that of scholarship, and a different method must be found for dealing with it. Could a method be found if sought with sufficient effort? Today we give it low priority, devoting only a small fraction of college effort to it. Why?

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