Graduate student and postdoctoral scholar advisors are invited to an interactive workshop from 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7 in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. The workshop will introduce the Individual Development Plan (IDP) process as a mentoring tool and share related resources available to advisors. Register for the workshop so we can plan for your attendance.
Adequate preparation of the future workforce is essential for the survival of the U.S. as an economic and innovative powerhouse in the world. Numerous reports from organizations such as the National Academy of Sciences, the American Chemical Society (ACS) and the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) have highlighted the importance of mentoring for the successful navigation through college, graduate school or postdoctoral training and towards securing satisfying jobs. Federal funding agencies such as the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation strongly recommend the use of IDPs and postdoctoral mentoring plans for trainees, respectively.
This one-hour interactive workshop will introduce the IDP process as a mentoring tool and share related resources available to advisors. The IDP process consists of four components: 1) self-assessment, 2) career exploration, 3) skill strengthening and 4) goal setting. ChemIDPTM, the IDP tool and workshop developed by the ACS for trainees in the chemical sciences, will serve as an example of how use of IDPs has the potential to prepare faculty and trainees for efficient mentor/mentee discussions.
Speaker biographies of the presenters, Joerg Schlatterer and Corrie Kuniyoshi from the American Chemical Society (ACS), are available on our blog. For more information on the Graduate School’s IDP launch, see our web page and previous Tech Today posting.