Carnegie Initiative on the Doctorate

  • How do we define success in training graduate students for the doctoral degree?

  • What is an effective mentoring relationship to a student?

  • How can we improve delineation of our strengths in recruitment of graduate students?

  • What does it mean to be a "steward of the discipline" of Neuroscience?

  • These are questions being addressed by the Graduate Program in Neuroscience at the University of Minnesota in partnership with the Carnegie Foundation. The Graduate Program in Neuroscience recently was selected as one of only nine neuroscience programs nation-wide to participate in the Carnegie Initiative on the Doctorate (CID), a multi-year action and research project aimed at improving doctoral education at American universities.

    The CID is supported by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, an organization chartered by Congress in 1906. According to Carnegie President, Lee S. Shulman, the CID "is grounded in the belief that taking a considered look at doctoral education, and enhancing its practice, will improve student learning, enhance the teaching of research skills (what we are calling the 'pedagogy of research'), as well as enhance the practice of teaching." The CID is designed to support the efforts of graduate programs to more purposefully structure their training activities.

    For more information on what is being done within our program please visit our CID snapshot at:

    For more information on the CID please visit their website at: