A group of graduate students in PhD programs in computing reported that they “have seriously considered leaving their graduate program” over the past year.
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First year graduate students enrolled in a Ph.D. program in computing (N = 129) were asked How important was each of the following factors in your decision to pursue your current graduate degree in computing? Salary potential; Dependable employment; Career opportunities/advancement outside of academia. Responses ranged from (1) Not at all to (5) Extremely.
Undergraduate students who had participated in summer REUs were asked about the degree to which they obtained experience with the publication process while engaged in those REUs. Participants in CRA-W/CDC summer REU programs indicated that they had obtained significantly more experience with the publication process than students who had taken part in other summer REUs, p ≤ .05. Click here for full details.
Two samples of undergraduate students graduating with computing majors indicated their plans for the fall; data were collected during the spring of 2011 and 2012. CRA-W/CDC REU participants indicated that they planned to enroll in a computer science graduate program in the fall at a higher rate than any other type of students, p ≤ .05.