National Professional Science Master's Association

PSM News

February 2018

We are now inviting proposals for one-hour sessions related to the 2018 conference theme of “Enhancing Advocacy for PSM Programs”. Volunteer by sending your name, contact information, a title or topic, short list of potential format/speakers/ panelists and a <250 word abstract of what you propose to before May 1, 2018 with the subject line “Conference Session.” Presentations on building and leveraging partnerships and finding resources for new programs are of special interest. Decisions will be made by the Conference Planning Committee and communicated by May 15, 2018. 


NPSMA members are invited to join our upcoming, interactive, virtual Q&A session onThursday February 22, 2018, 3 p.m. EST, “Getting Small Businesses to Engage with your PSM Programs”. Guest speakers are Susan McCartney, Director of the SUNY Buffalo State Small Business Development Center, and Michael Moskal, CUBRC’s Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice President of Information Exploitation Sector.

Interested NPSMA members, and for a limited time all individuals interested in learning more about PSM initiatives, should email with the subject line “Ask NPSMA” to request one of the 25 invitations to the discussion. Next “Ask NPSMA” sessions will be on Thursday, April 26 and Thursday, May 24. Stay tuned for more information in next month’s PSM News.  

PSM for Our State is a two-year growth and awareness campaign to: 1) Strengthen the position of PSMs through a focus on state and/or regional messaging and media; and 2) Take intentional steps to bring the advantages of the PSM to all 50 states.

PSM4RST8 state representatives met in January to launch the planning phase of this important PSM initiative. Thank you to our regional representative volunteers who will coordinate the first planning call for their regions: Amanda Bryant-Friedrich (Midwest), Gerald Grunwald (Northeast) and Dagmar Beck (South). Also, the West region still lacks a coordinating representative – could it be you? 

Want to become involved? If you are involved with a PSM program from one of these states,  and would like to represent your state in the initiative, let PSM4RST8 Campaign Chair Heidi Harkins know (  AR, CA, DE, IA, ID, IN, LA, MA, ME, MO, NE, NH, OR, SC, VA.

Share Your Knowledge by Publishing in The INNOVATOR

Following our highly successful inaugural issue of the peer-reviewed INNOVATOR, we are seeking submissions for the Fall 2018 issue. It’s never too early to begin planning your submission. Articles should address issue of interest to the PSM community and are research, data, or otherwise evidence-based. 

The Editorial Board invites submissions of three types: Featured, In Practice, and Opinion. The submission window is June 1, 2018 through August 1, 2018. To learn more, see our brief Guidelines for Authors and Reviewers.

We also seek volunteers to serve on the Editorial Board or as Reviewers. Please send an email to with the subject line INNOVATOR if you are interested.  

Showcase Your PSM Alumni

This summer we will launch a new annual publication, The PSM Alumni and Graduation Chronicle. Among other items, it will feature short articles on accomplished alumni. We invite NPSMA members to contribute a 300-word article on one alum who exemplifies the spirit and successes of your programs. Photos are welcome. Please send submissions by the deadline of June 1, 2018, to with the subject line “Chronicle.” 

Ohio Professional Science Master's Workshop

On March 15-16, 2018, the University of Toledo is hosting the first Ohio Professional Science Master’s (PSM) Workshop. The working meeting will focus on creating and enhancing PSM programs across the state of Ohio, particularly in light of changing workforce needs. Facilitators will provide templates, case studies and real work examples of the components needed for the development of a successful PSM program.   

Online registration is open through March 12, 2018. More information is available at:

The Commission on PSM Affliation

Join the PSM community on FacebookLinkedInTwitter, and YouTube.

NPSMA members are also encouraged to display our member logo on their social media pages. Click HERE for the membership logo.

The Commission on Affiliation of PSM Programs

The PSM National Office has been renamed the Commission on Affiliation of PSM Programs.

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