212087 Why am I still ABD?

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Sarah Gareau, MEd, CHES , Department of Health Promotion, Education & Behavior, Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
Choosing to leave the workplace to pursue an advanced degree in public health is not always an option for female professionals trying to gain promotions despite the glass ceiling and working mothers who depend on a full-time income to provide for their families. Financial aid for graduate school is also limited making breaking the academic glass ceiling even more challenging, particularly during the current economic climate. For those women who decide to balance work, family, and academics, it can be extremely challenging to finish their degrees, especially since theses, internships, and dissertations can be near impossible to complete while working full-time.

Learning Objectives:
Participants will discuss the challenges of completing a doctorate while raising a family. Participants will discuss the challenges of balancing work and graduate school responsibilities.

Keywords: Women, Workforce

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am faced with the challenges that will be discussed in the roundtable.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.