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The Learning Conference 2003

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Postgraduate Learning in the United States

Jin Gong.

Doctoral level graduate education prepares the scientists and engineers needed by industry, government and universities to conduct the nation’s research and development. While the master level graduate education supplies a large number of well-educated business and knowledge-based workforce needs for the country. The presentation will provide the demographics of today’s graduate students in the United States.

The graduate education experienced an unprecedented growth during the 1970s. Are we seeing another wave of increase now? What are the areas that really interest these graduate students? Do they have any unique learning style? Has the instructional technology affected their learning style? Are there any common skills they are seeking? These are the questions will be addressed in the presentation.


Jin Gong  (United States)
Dean and Associate VP for research
College of Graduate Education and Research
Towson University

Jin K. Gong, Dean, College of Graduate Education & Research and Associate Vice President for Research. Prior to Towson, he served as the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Research at Southeast Missouri State University. He was a professor of Chemistry from 1990 to 2000 at Southeast Missouri State University. He received his undergraduate education in English and Chemistry from East China Normal University in Shanghai, China. He came to US in 1985 to pursue graduate education. He earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry under Professor Clifford Kubiak from Purdue University, West Lafayette campus in 1990.

Dr. Gong and his students have received many awards in teaching and research. He was awarded twice (1993, 1997) Annual College of Science and Technology Faculty Research Achievement Award, Excellence in NASA Research award and 1998 College PRIDE Award. His research interests are Green Chemistry and computational chemistry. He has received research funds from NASA, NSF (National Science Foundation), ACS-PRF (American Chemical Society-Petroleum Research Fund) and Research Corporation. The carbon dioxide chemistry research published in The Journal of American Chemical Society was highlighted and recognized as "A Significant Breakthrough" in carbon dioxide chemistry by a known international journal "Chemistry & Industry Magazine".

He has been actively involved in serving the professional society and community. The Southern Illinois/Southeast Missouri local section was awarded the Best Small Section in the nation by American Chemical Society while he was the Chair of Local Section in 1999. I am a member of Board of Directors, Maryland Applied Information Technology Initiatives (MAITI) and Chair the Strategic Planning Committee of MAITI. A Board member of national Council of Graduate School (CGS) Advisory Board for Minority.

  • Graduate Education
  • Graduate Learning Style
  • Common Skills for Graduate Students

(30 min Conference Paper, English)