Studies question role of postdoc programs, GRE requirements

With academic jobs dwindling, researchers recommend changes to postdoc science positions and doctoral application procedures.

Federal research agencies, such as the National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Institutes of Health, tout postdoctoral positions as valuable training for those pursuing for scientific careers.

However, a new study by Boston University and University of Kansas researchers has found that "postdoc" jobs don't yield a positive return in the labor market and that these positions likely cost graduates roughly three years' worth of salary in their first 15 years of their careers.

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