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

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Tampa, Florida

To sign up for more information about the survey and the workshop, please use this link.  

This workshop is funded by The National Science Foundation (NSF GRANT: Award Abstract #1940221,#1939341) through a collaborative grant to the National Professional Science Master’s Association (NPSMA) (P.I. Deborah Silver, Rutgers University) and the Council of Graduate Schools (P.I. Hironao Okahana). While Individual Development Plans (IDPs) are prevalent in PhD and Postdoctoral programs, they are not at all common in science master's programs. The short time frames to completion and the intensifying workforce development aspects of STEM master's degrees present distinctive conditions that mandate the creation of specialized IDPs for students in these programs.

The project consists of two parts: 1) An initial, short, survey about the use of IDPs in M.S. programs and 2) A workshop to develop M.S. IDP templates. The workshop will be held on November 4, 2020 in Tampa, Florida. The workshop will be open to those interested in helping develop IDP’s for master’s degrees.

To sign up for more information about the survey and the workshop, please use this link.  

The project responds to recommendations of the National Academies report on Graduate Education for the 21st Century and growing interest among master's programs to use IDPs to encourage the acquisition of transferrable skills and career exploration for STEM master's degree students. This will be the first convening on this topic. The project builds on a framework for master's degree programs produced by the Council of Graduate Schools that will be used to provide a roadmap for IDP content. Workshop participants will use the survey results to formulate a template that could be adopted by STEM master's programs. The workshop will be held in conjunction with the 2020 meeting of the National Professional Science Master's Association and will include topics on experiential learning, transferrable skills, and workforce development.

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

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To sign up for more information about the survey and the workshop, please use this link.