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

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

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

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

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

  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. Professional Master’s Program Wiess School of Natural Sciences – Rice University Basic Program Schedule Cohort Fall semester 14 credit hours Spring semester 13 -15 credit hours Spring semester 13 -14 credit hours Internship reports and GRADUATION SUMMER / FALL INTERNSHIP

  8. Professional Master’s Program Wiess School of Natural Sciences – Rice University Cohort Courses or “Plus Courses” • Management for Science and Engineering • Basic business concepts • 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 Development of Practical Skills Curriculum • 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

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

  11. Professional Master’s Program Wiess School of Natural Sciences – Rice University Marketing of Program to Business and non-profit Organizations • 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

  12. Professional Master’s Program Wiess School of Natural Sciences – Rice University Corporate Relationship Building Corporate Relationship Building • 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

  13. Professional Master’s Program Wiess School of Natural Sciences – Rice University 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 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 Internship Providers, Employers and Supporters

  14. 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 Professional Master’s Program Wiess School of Natural Sciences – Rice University Student Recruitment

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

  16. Professional Master’s Program Wiess School of Natural Sciences – Rice University Challenges • 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

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

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

  19. Professional Master’s Program Wiess School of Natural Sciences – Rice University Assessment of Student Satisfaction and Career Outcome • 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

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

  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?