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NIH Report Urges Greater Emphasis on Training for All Graduate Students

Science  04 Feb 2011:
Vol. 331, Issue 6017, pp. 525
DOI: 10.1126/science.331.6017.525

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It's a familiar complaint: Academic researchers intent on cranking out another paper and obtaining their next grant sometimes see their students as little more than another pair of hands rather than as scientists in training. Now comes a new report that attempts to redefine the goals of graduate and postdoctoral training and prods biomedical scientists to become better mentors. Similar exhortations have been made before, but the report comes from an organization with significant financial clout: the flagship training institute at the U.S. National Institutes of Health.