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Proceedings of the Sixth Professional Science Master's Biennial Meeting


Proceedings of the Sixth Professional Science Master's Biennial Meeting
Hosted by the Council of Graduate Schools 

The Professional Science Master’s Sixth Biennial Meeting, Advancing the Nation’s Competitiveness and Innovation Agenda, highlighted the successes as well as the challenges going forward with the expansion of the PSM. The Council of Graduate Schools is pleased to provide these Proceedings of the Sixth Biennial Meeting. There are two ways to view the Proceedings, either continue reading or click on the link below.

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  • Carol B. Lynch, Senior Scholar and Director of Professional Master’s Programs, Council of Graduate Schools (81 KB)

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  • Debra W. Stewart, President, Council of Graduate Schools

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Plenary I: Enhancement and Expansion of the PSM: National Perspectives

  • Moderator: Don Langenberg, Chair, CGS PSM Advisory Board, Professor of Physics, and Chancellor Emeritus, University System of Maryland
  • Remarks: The Honorable David Wu, U.S. House of Representatives
  • Speakers
    • Rita Colwell, Distinguished University Professor, University of Maryland, College Park and The Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health (357 KB)
    • Bill Valdez, Director, Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Sciences, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science (617 KB)
    • Cornelius Kerwin, President, American University (69 KB)

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Plenary II: The Role of the PSM in STEM Workforce Development: View from the States

  • Moderator: Heather Chikoore, Policy Specialist, Education Program, National Conference of State Legislatures
  • Speakers

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Contributed Paper Session: Financial Models for Program Sustainability

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Contributed Paper Session: Ethics and the PSM

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Plenary III: Distinguished Alumni Panel
The Distinguished Alumni Panel demonstrated how PSM graduates are making valuable contributions to the nation’s prosperity through innovation and leadership. These five graduates were selected to describe their professional career pathways, from many outstanding submissions.

  • Moderator: Ed Caner, Lecturer, Physics and Director, Science & Technology Entrepreneurship Programs, Case Western Reserve University
  • Speakers
    • Todd Bridgeman, Commissioned Officer Corps, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Oregon State University graduate (67 KB) (Presentation) (47 KB)
    • Sally Sakelaris, Patent Examiner, United States Patent and Trademark Office, University of Connecticut graduate (71 KB)
    • Chris Fennig, Director of Professional Services, Odin Technologies, Inc, Case Western Reserve University graduate (72 KB) (Presentation) (135 KB)
    • Hutch Humphreys, Regulatory Affairs Manager, Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Keck Graduate Institute of Technology graduate (72 KB) (Presentation) (212 KB)
    • Cheril Lin Abeel, Project Manager, Urban Science, On-site at Volkswagen/Audi of America, Michigan State University graduate (72 KB) (Presentation) (183 KB)

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Plenary IV: PSM Graduates and Those Who Hire Them
Three pairs of PSM graduates and their employer managers highlighted the importance of the internship as well as key attributes which make PSM graduates appealing to employers. The National Professional Science Master's Association coordinated this panel.

  • Moderator: Stephen Lemire, Executive Director, National Professional Science Master's Association (NPSMA) (446 KB)
  • Speakers
    • Lakshmi Subbarao (Graduate), Applications Chemist, and David Wetherell (Employer), Global Support Manager. TharSFC, a Waters Company (50 KB)
    • Sandeep Narpala (Graduate), Intern, Immunogen Design, and Sanjay Phogat (Employer), Principal Scientist. International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (55 KB)
    • Kimberly Rill (Graduate), Pharmaceutical Sales Representative, and an Employer Representative of Eli Lilly and Company (51 KB)

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Contributed Paper Session: Recruiting Students and Marketing the PSM Program

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Poster Session: PSM Best Practices
Abstracts for each of the poster presenters, including copies of their full poster.

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Plenary V: National Science Foundation Perspective on the PSM – Now and in the Future

  • ModeratorDon Langenberg, Chancellor Emeritus, University System of Maryland
  • Speaker: Dr. Arden L. Bement, Jr., Director, National Science Foundation (51 KB)

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Selected Distinguished Alumni
The Distinguished Alumni highlighted in the following section were nominated by their PSM Program Directors or staff as being graduates of exceptional ability who have benefited the workforce and society.

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PSM Programs: 319
PSM-Affiliated Institutions: 149

as of July 10, 2014

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