The University of Virginia has been selected to participate in a research study examining career pathways of PhD degree recipients. The project is supported by grants received by the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS), a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C. 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).
As a part of the project, we are surveying all PhD alumni who earned degrees from the University of Virginia between 07/01/2001 and 06/30/2002, 07/01/2008 and 06/30/2009, and 07/01/2013 and 06/30/2014 to ascertain information about current employment status and principal and other jobs, immediate prior principal occupation, and doctoral experience. 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 skill sets used and required by PhD holders in a variety of careers, as well as to provide national benchmarking data of PhD career outcomes.
Participation in the survey is voluntary and you may choose to skip any question you prefer not to answer. You may also withdraw from participating in this survey at any time without penalty. 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 this university will have access to your student ID information, which you may choose not to provide in your response.
If you have any questions, concerns, or complaints about this survey or this university’s participation in this study, you may contact the Project Director at this address:
Phillip Trella, Assistant Vice President for Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs
P.O. Box 400882 
Charlottesville, VA 22904-0882
Phone: (434) 243-2018
If you have any questions about the overall scope of the 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
If you have any questions regarding your rights as a research subject, please contact:
Institutional Review Board for Social & Behavioral Sciences, University of Virginia
P.O. Box 800392
Charlottesville, VA 22908
Phone: (434) 924-5999 
Fax: (434) 924-1992
We appreciate your willingness to participate. Thank you in advance for your time and input.