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1 Professional Master’s Program Wiess School of Natural Sciences – Rice University Dagmar K. Beck, Coordinator Rice University Structuring Satisfaction for Multiple Stakeholders The PSM Program Structure Marketing Program Corporate Partners

2 70 % Advanced science education 30 % Management & communication skills + Capstone Internship Professional Master’s Program Wiess School of Natural Sciences – Rice University PSM Program Hallmarks

3 Professional Master’s Program Wiess School of Natural Sciences – Rice University Converging of Forces: Oversight Committee Rice faculty Admit and advise students Improve course offerings Oversee program development Board of Affiliates Industry representatives Aid with internships and graduate placement Inform faculty of changes in the workplace Assisted in curriculum development

4 Professional Master’s Program Wiess School of Natural Sciences – Rice University Nanoscale Physics Subsurface Geoscience Environmental Analysis & Decision Making

5 Three MS Degrees Subsurface Geoscience (2003) Professional Master’s Program Wiess School of Natural Sciences – Rice University Exploration and development of reserves of oil and natural gas Environmental Analysis & Decision Making (2002) Quantum theory in relation to practical nano- and mesoscale devices Methods used by industrial and governmental organizations to deal with environmental issues Nanoscale Physics (2002)

6 Professional Master’s Program Wiess School of Natural Sciences – Rice University Program Features in a Nutshell  Length of 21 months  Three semesters of interdisciplinary course work  Required 3- to 6-month internship  Cohort Courses:  Management, team training, communication, policy and ethics  Internship Project and Presentation  Part-time Enrollment available  Award of Master of Science Degree

7 Cohort Professional Master’s Program Wiess School of Natural Sciences – Rice University Spring semester credit hours Internship reports and GRADUATION Fall semester 14 credit hours Spring semester credit hours SUMMER / FALL INTERNSHIP Basic Program Schedule

8 Cohort Courses or “Plus Courses” Management for Science and Engineering Basic business concepts Professional Master’s Program Wiess School of Natural Sciences – Rice University Science Policy and Ethics The policy, politics, ethics, and legal issues that relate to science and technology Master’s Seminar (2) Communication training Corporate guest speakers Master’s Project Internship results

9 Professional Master’s Program Wiess School of Natural Sciences – Rice University  Understanding of basic business principles  Understanding of policy making and ethical decision making  Communication Skills, such as  Writing Skills  Speaking and presentation skills  Networking skills  Hands-on working experience Development of Practical Skills Curriculum

10 Professional Master’s Program Wiess School of Natural Sciences – Rice University  Application of Mechanical and Grammatical Conventions  Constructing an Argument and Writing Effectively  Creating a Power Point Presentation  Presenting/Speaking in front of a Group Communication Assessment Workshop Four-part Assessment:

11 Professional Master’s Program Wiess School of Natural Sciences – Rice University  Annual PSM Corporate Reception  Distribution of brochures at corporate and university events  Distribution of newsletter to corporate representatives  Publishing of articles in business/non-profit related magazines/newspapers  Luncheons with students and corporate representatives  Ads in professional magazine Marketing of Program to Business and non-profit Organizations

12 Corporate Relationship Building Professional Master’s Program Wiess School of Natural Sciences – Rice University  Annual Corporate Reception  Corporate Luncheons  Highlighting a company on a monthly basis  Groom relationships with internship providers  Newsletter mail out  Web advertisement of corporate scholarships Corporate Relationship Building

13 Professional Master’s Program Wiess School of Natural Sciences – Rice University Internship Providers, Employers and Supporters Nanoscale Physics NASA, Baker Hughes, Quantum Logic Devices, Schlumberger, CNI, Dupont iTechnologies, Digisonics, Lockheed Martin, and the U.S. Military Environmental Analysis and Decision Making Groundwater Services, Inc., Argent Consulting, CDM Consulting, ERM, ENVIRON, CH2M Hill, URS Environmental Municipal Water Utilities Orange County PBS&J, Houston Wilderness, Trinity Consulting, Weston Solutions Subsurface Geoscience Anadarko, Ballard Explorations, Burlington Resources, Total E&P, Schlumberger, ConocoPhillips, Baker Hughes, Hilcorp, Inc., Lynn Inc., Chevron Texaco, Shell, Exxon Mobile, Occidential Petroleum

14 Professional Master’s Program Wiess School of Natural Sciences – Rice University Student Recruitment  Recruitment trips to universities nationwide  Graduate Fair visits  Student presentations at universities  Mail-outs to foreign and domestic universities  Web advertisement with Gradschool.com and Petersons.com  Professional Master’s Web Site  Google web advertising  Student Newspaper ads  Annual Preview Days

15 Professional Master’s Program Wiess School of Natural Sciences – Rice University Program Enrollment and Graduation Rate by Semester

16  Competition with traditional, research based master programs  Tuition versus stipends  Securing reliable sources for internship providers  Find more corporate scholarships  Limited resources of time, man power, and funds Professional Master’s Program Wiess School of Natural Sciences – Rice University Challenges

17 Professional Master’s Program Wiess School of Natural Sciences – Rice University Institutional Financing  Students self-finance tuition  The program is self-sustaining, the university does not financially support program  Corporate scholarships for student support Institutional Financing

18 Professional Master’s Program Wiess School of Natural Sciences – Rice University  Residency of students  Alma mater  Work experience  Former Employers  Source of PSM program locator Data Collection to Assess Demand and Develop Marketing Strategies

19 Professional Master’s Program Wiess School of Natural Sciences – Rice University  Database on Applications/Track and Offers/Acceptances  Student Interim Surveys/Exit Surveys  Internship Provider evaluations  Feedback Sessions with students and corporations  Track students after they graduate Assessment of Student Satisfaction and Career Outcome

20 Professional Master’s Program Wiess School of Natural Sciences – Rice University  Maintaining contact with alumni  Involvement by requesting feedback/input  Assigning mentorships  Ambassadors for program  Inviting them and their colleagues to university events Alumni Involvement

21 Professional Master’s Program Wiess School of Natural Sciences – Rice University

22 Professional Master’s Program Wiess School of Natural Sciences – Rice University Any questions?


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