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STEM Master’s Individual Development Plans as an Essential Tool in Workforce Development

STEM Master’s Individual Development Plans as an Essential Tool in Workforce Development

This workshop is supported by the NSF (Award Abstracts #1940221, #193934) through a collaborative grant to the NPSMA (P.I. Deborah Silver, Rutgers) and CGS (P.I. Hironao Okahana). Prevalent in PhD and Postdoctoral programs, IDPs are not at all common in science master's programs. The short time frames to completion and workforce development aspects of STEM master's degrees present distinctive conditions that call for the creation of specialized IDPs for their students. The goal of the workshop is to share what is known about IDPs, to learn how to apply them, and to explore elements for a STEM MS IDP template. 

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The full schedule is available here. 

Events are being held on November 10, 2021 at the Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore in conjunction with the NPSMA conference. More information about the NPSMA conference https://www.npsma.org/National-Conferences.

Grant Organizing Committee Members:       

  • Professor Deborah Silver, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and Vice President for Member Benefits, NPSMA.  Executive Director of the PSM Programs at Rutgers University. 
  • Professor (Emerita) Linda Strausbaugh, Genetics and Genomics, the University of Connecticut, and current Executive Board Member and Vice President for Publications, NPSMA, (and former Executive Director of NPSMA).  Founding director of the UCONN PSM in Applied Genomics.
  • Dr. Hironao Okahana, Associate Vice President for Research and Policy Analysis, Council of Graduate Schools
  • Robert Augustine, Senior Vice President, Council of Graduate Schools and an author on CGS reports on “The Master’s Landscape Reshaping Master’s Admissions” and “The Alignment Framework for the Master’s Degree”.
  • Rick Davis, President, Davis Development Group LLC; member NPSMA Workforce Advisory Council; Formerly Vice President at Kellogg Company (2009-2018)
  • Professor Cynthia Fuhrman, Assistant Dean of Career and Professional Development in the Graduate School and Director of the Center for Biomedical Career Development at the University of Massachusetts Medical School; Co-developer and Co-author of myIDP
  • Michael Teitelbaum, Senior Research Associate, Labor and Worklife Program, Harvard Law School; Formerly Vice President, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and Co-Chair of the PSM National Office Steering Committee

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. (#1940221,#1939341). Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.