Paul C. Jordan has written a letter to Science Magazine, “Give young scientists a level playing field.” Jordan’s main point in the letter is that scientists trained across the US at different institutions have widely different career training and opportunities. Jordan suggests that these differences are due to disparities in funding between different institutions.
For example, industrial scientists may regularly present research and recruit at high-level institutions because a funded seminar series exists. Meanwhile, Ph.D. students at other institutions may never see an industrial scientist on their campus over an entire doctoral degree.
And with funding rates continually decreasing, this disparity is only becoming worse. Jordan proposes that funding agencies should develop a strategic plan for development of young scientists at all institutions, including creation of a steering committee and structured goals in order to ‘level the playing field’. What do you think??