National Professional Science Master's Association

PSM News

April 2018

Program Directors and Coordinators

ORDER CERTIFICATES FOR YOUR STUDENTS NOW: Graduation Season is approaching. The Commission on Affiliation of Professional Science Master’s Programs (formerly known as the PSM National Office) is pleased to continue offering PSM certificates of completion to graduates of affiliated PSM programs. We are now processing certificates for Spring 2018 graduates. View a sample certificate at:

If you are interested in this service, please send a list of names of your students, names of program director(s) or other program official(s) and dates to be shown on the certificate to We expect to prepare these and send to you electronically before the date you provide for the certificates.

PSM Alumni may also request certificates by filling out the request form for the PSM certificate of completion found at

Questions? Contact us at or (909) 607-9368.

GROWTH AND AWARENESS CAMPAIGN: Launched in November 2017 and currently in the planning phase. Regional representatives (Midwest, Northeast, South, and West) shared ideas and progress during a check-in call on March 29, 2018. Thank you to everyone for participating and contributing!

One example is the Ohio Professional Science Master’s Workshop hosted by Amanda Bryant-Friedrich, Dean of the College of Graduate Studies, University of Toledo. Thirty-three participants from across Ohio attended this day-and-a-half event, including graduate deans and associate deans. The program focused on how PSM programs support workforce development in Ohio and featured workshops on curriculum design, experiential learning, the PSM advisory board, financial models and marketing. The Ohio event provides a helpful template for state-wide PSM events. Please contact Amanda for details ( 

Questions or ideas? Contact Heidi Harkins (

Coming Soon

"Ask NPSMA" SESSIONS: Join us on the third Thursday of the month in April and May for one or both of our upcoming webinars. Email with subject line “Ask NPSMA” to request an invitation to these sessions: 

  • April 26, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. EST – Open Q&A
  • May 24, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. EST – Discussion on National/Regional PSM data that would be useful to program directors

CONNECTING WITH STUDENTS SURVEY: Thanks in advance for participating in this survey that will be sent to you directly by email. Findings to be reported at the 2018 Pre-conference Workshop and elsewhere.

NASEM REPORT: On May 29, 2018 at 1:30-3:00 p.m. EST plan to attend the webinar and public release of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine report on Graduate STEM Education for the 21st Century. NPSMA was invited to participate in this effort and made a formal presentation to the committee, as well as submitted contributions and comment for the report. Register: In-person and webcast registration available HERE.

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION: Opens in May for the 2018 NPSMA Pre-conference Workshop, Connecting with Students, and National Conference, Enhancing Advocacy for PSM Programs, November 7-9, 2018 in Arlington, VA. 

Upcoming Deadlines

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  • Proposals to organize a National Conference Session: Due May 1. Name, contact information, a title or topic, short list of potential format/speakers/panelists and a <250 word abstract of what you propose to: with subject line “National Conference Session.”

  • Promote an alum from your program: Due June 1 Send 300-word short article for the Summer 2018 PSM Alumni and Graduation Chronicle to: coordinator@npsma.orgsubject line “Chronicle.”

  • Submissions for the peer-reviewed INNOVATOR: Due between June 1 and August 1. Click HERE for instructions. Volunteers are needed to serve as reviewers and members of the Editorial Board. Interested? Write subject "INNOVATOR."

  • Five Minute Project (5MP). Nominations of student projects Due August 12. Click HERE for guidelines and nomination form.


Article for undergraduate advisers that promotes the PSM. Download a copy to share with advisers HERE.

NCSU’s Microbial Biotechnology Program recently shared their students’ stories. Read more at

Join the PSM community on social media. FacebookLinkedInTwitter, and YouTube. NPSMA members are also encouraged to display our member logo on their social media pages. Click HERE for the membership logo.


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