PhD Career Pathways Project

CGS Career Pathways ProjectPhD Career Pathways Project (CGS)

Welcome to the University of Notre Dame Graduate School/Council of Graduate Schools Ph.D. Career Pathways Project. Your participation in this study will allow us to increase awareness of potential careers for our current students, and to diversify and strengthen our professional development approaches.

We are very grateful for your willingness to participate in the project!


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  • Please allow approximately 7 minutes to complete the survey.

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CGS Ph.D. Career Pathways Student Survey

Identification of Investigator and Purpose of Study

The study is being conducted by Professor Laura Carlson, Dean of the Graduate School at the University of Notre Dame, who may be reached at 574-631-8052;

The purpose of this research study is to collect data regarding your career aspirations and program experiences that will be used to improve our graduate programs. The project is supported by grants received by the Council of the Graduate Schools (CGS), a nonprofit organization based in Washington, DC dedicated solely to the advancement of graduate education and research (, from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (grant number 31600612) and the National Science Foundation (grant number 1661272).

Your participation in the study will contribute to a better understanding of the career pathways for our graduate students and the ways in which we can augment our graduate programs to facilitate these pathways. You are free to contact the investigator at the above address and phone number to discuss the study. You must be at least 18 years old to participate.

As a part of the project, we are surveying Ph.D. students in their second and fifth year of the program. The data collected from this survey will be used to improve doctoral programs at this university, and will contribute to a national study to expand our understanding of differences in the skillsets used and required by Ph.D. holders in a variety of careers, as well as to provide national benchmarking data of Ph.D. career outcomes.

If you agree to participate, the survey will ascertain information about your career aspirations and professional development experiences. The survey may take about 10 minutes, and you will not be compensated.

Risks/Benefits/Confidentiality of Data

There are no known risks associated with participating in this survey. Although there is no direct benefit to you by agreeing to participate in this survey, the information obtained from your participation will benefit doctoral programs and future doctoral students at this university and other universities across the nation.

Information collected will only be used for program improvement and research purposes and will be kept strictly confidential. No individually-identifiable information shared in this survey will be shared with anyone outside of the research team at this university or of the study sponsor, the Council of Graduate Schools. To further protect your privacy, only the research team at Notre Dame will have access to your student ID, and you may choose not to provide it.

Participation or Withdrawal

Your participation in this study is voluntary. You may decline to answer any question and you have the right to withdraw from participation at any time. Withdrawal will not affect your relationship with the University of Notre Dame in any way. If you do not want to participate either simply stop participating or close the browser window.

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Questions about Your Rights as a Research Participant

If you have any questions regarding your rights as a research subject or any dissatisfaction with any part of this study, you can contact, anonymously if you wish, the Notre Dame Research Compliance Office, at 574-631-1461 or by email at

If you have any questions about the overall scope of the multi-institutional research, please contact the Study Sponsor, the Council of Graduate Schools, at this address:

Dr. Hironao Okahana
Assistant Vice President,
Research & Policy Analysis Council of Graduate Schools
1 DuPont Circle, Suite 230
Washington, D.C. 20036-1146
Phone: (202) 696-1561