Use-inspired research often addresses critical societal needs more directly than traditional curiosity-driven research, and industrial research efforts are generally more closely aligned with use-inspired research. While many of the skills and competencies needed for both types of research are overlapping or complementary, graduate students may not have the opportunity to fully explore industry-related skillsets and mindsets in a traditional academic setting. Stronger collaboration between industry and academia can bridge this gap, with most institutional approaches involving a short-term industry internship.
Lehigh University is testing a graduate training model that represents a student-centered, holistic approach that gives students long-term, hands-on industry experience. A key feature of the approach is early and sustained industry engagement, with industry partners involved in identification of the research question that forms for the basis for the student’s thesis, mentoring, delivery of professional development modules, and supervision of students during a company residency (similar to medical school training).
It is hypothesized that the approach will train graduate students more effectively to engage in use-inspired research and prepare them with the skills and knowledge necessary to thrive in an industrial setting.
Learn more through the IGE IDEA Lab:
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> Explore the National Workshop Series: Role of Industry-University Partnership in Doctoral Education page part of the Pasteur Partners Ph.D. (P3) program
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