UT will take part in a pilot program to improve the doctoral student experience, starting with reforms in four different departments. 

The Association of American Universities selected eight universities, UT included, to collaborate and emphasize career diversity as a part of their Ph.D. Education Initiative. 

The University announced Sept. 12 that it will start working toward these goals by implementing reforms that address the culture, policies and practices within the history, American studies, chemistry and neuroscience departments, Graduate School Dean Mark Smith said.

“We train a lot of Ph.D. students,” Smith said. “Not all of them get jobs in academia, which has been, in many disciplines, the norm, but now, we have lots of students who are graduating, and they’re going to other career paths. So

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