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UK Ranked Among Top Ten Places for Postdocs

By Jennifer M. Bonck

 

UK ranks tenth overall among institutions in the survey. Other universities and centers included in this category include: Rutgers University, University of Miami, Princeton University, Dalhousie University, University of Nebraska, Medical College of Wisconsin, National Cancer Institute, University of California-Davis, and University of Iowa.

 

Feb. 20, 2003 (Lexington, Ky.) -- University of Kentucky has been ranked among the top ten institutions overall for postdoctoral scholars and fellows, in a survey conducted by The Scientist.

In a Web-based survey of its postdoctoral readers, The Scientist, an international magazine that reports on and analyzes the issues and events that impact the world of life scientists, queried respondents according to various factors of satisfaction with their academic institutions. Among these were level of collaboration, commitment to teaching, interaction with principal investigators, training and counseling, and overall educational and research experience.

UK ranks tenth overall among institutions in the survey. Other universities and centers included in this category include: Rutgers University, University of Miami, Princeton University, Dalhousie University, University of Nebraska, Medical College of Wisconsin, National Cancer Institute, University of California-Davis, and University of Iowa.

“We are pleased to see that The Scientist recognizes the University of Kentucky as a great place to train as a postdoc. More and more people are recognizing the strengths of our Lexington campus,” said UK Vice President for Research, Wendy Baldwin, Ph.D.

“The report highlights things that an institution can do to provide a really good training experience. Postdocs need mentoring, help in advancing their careers, and a connection with colleagues,” she said. “These are all things that we seek to provide. We are pleased that the reports from post docs who responded to The Scientist fit with our goals for UK.”

More information about the survey can be found on the Web, through The Scientist, and through the newly created Web site of the UK College of Medicine Postdoctoral Resource Office (UKCOM PRO). UKCOM PRO was established in August 2002 to provide services to support and enhance the professional experiences of postdoctoral scholars engaged in research training in the UK College of Medicine.


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