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NPSMA 11th National Conference and 

Pre-conference Workshop 

National Conference Program

November 11-12, 2021

Pre-conference Workshop Program

November 10, 2021

Tampa, Florida I Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore

*** Registration is NOW OPEN! ***

National Conference, Nov. 11-12: 

"Developing a Roadmap for your PSM Program"

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We are looking forward to a very engaging meeting. The conference will include Table Topic discussions, and we welcome your suggestions for topics you would like to include during these lively discussion with fellow attendees. We are also seeking to identify alumni of your PSM programs who currently live in the Tampa area and who you would suggest as potential guest speakers to share their experience during our Program Brag session.

This year's conference will include sessions on:

  • Seeing around the corner: How and why to start a PSM program
  • Input from industry partners on Transferable Skills
  • Strategic Planning for PSM Programs
  • A return of the 5MP (5-minute student presentations)

Speakers include:

  • Robert Augustine, Senior Vice President, Council of Graduate Schools, and Dean of the Graduate School, Eastern Illinois University
  • Sarah Egan Warren, Teaching Assistant Professor and Head of Technical Communication at the Institute for Advanced Analytics at North Carolina State University
  • Allen Ibaugh, CEO GalvanEyes, LLC, Orlando, FL

Registration is open now. Contact this year's conference chair, Amber Bloechle (abloechle@uwf.edu), if you have questions regarding the upcoming event or have suggestions for Table Topics for discussion, or know PSM alumni in the Tampa area.


Pre-conference Workshop, Nov. 10: 

"STEM MS IDPs as an Essential Component of Workforce Development

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Learn what is known about effective Individual Development Plans or IDPs and how to apply them to promote successful academic progress and professional development for PSM students. If you are interested in attending our workshop and haven't already done so, you must complete the following 10- minute survey to be eligible and then request an invitation.

Discussions and topic leaders will include:

  • Results of the MS IDP survey, Dr. Hironao Okahana and Christian West, Council of Graduate Schools
  • Best practices and goals for an Individual Development Plan, Professor Cynthia FuhrmannUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Advising and workforce perspectives on IDPs, Dr. Robert Augustine, Council of Graduate Schools and Rick Davis, President, Davis Development Group LLC
  • Field specific skill sets and elements, Lunch Table Working Groups
  • Priorities for a STEM MS IDP, Dr. Deborah Silver, Rutgers University and Dr. Linda Strausbaugh, NPSMA

Contact this year's workshop co-chair, Linda Strausbaugh (linda.strausbaugh@uconn.edu), if you have questions regarding the upcoming workshop.

This workshop is being funded through a grant from the National Science Foundation Grant. 

More information available HERE.


PSM Student Event, Nov. 11:

5-Minute Student Presentations (5MP) Competition

The NPSMA is looking forward to a return of the live, 5-Minute Presentations (5MP). The format allows students and recent graduates to craft a 5-minute presentation describing their experiential work completed as part of their PSM program. This includes work completed as a capstone project, internship, or another professional experience project. Current students or recent graduates (Fall 2020, Spring, or Summer 2021) from PSM-affiliated programs can participate. 

Directors, coordinators, or faculty of PSM-affiliated programs can submit the following information to the session moderator, Ray Hoobler (ray.hoobler@utah.edu), via email no later than September 10, 2021:

  • Student's/Graduate's name
  • Institution and Program
  • Talk Title
  • Abstract

NPSMA will cover registration fees for individual presenters invited to compete at this event. PSM programs or their university should provide support for the presenter's travel and lodgingPresentations will be on Thursday, November 11, 2021. View the full Competition Rules for more information. 

Each year, the NPSMA receives financial support from industry and academic partners. Contributions to support the student 5-Minute Presentation (5MP) session starts at $250 higher-level contributions include conference registrations. Please visit the Conference Sponsorship site for additional details. 


Venue Information:

Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore

2225 North Lois Avenue, Tampa, FL 33606

All events will be held at the Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore. Use the group name "NPSMA 2021 Conference" to receive the conference rate of $149/per night ($169.11 with tax). The pre-programmed arrival date of Tuesday November 9 and departure date of Saturday November 13 may be edited to fit your plans. For those who expect to receive a workshop invitation and attend both the workshop and conference, charges made at checkout will credit Tuesday night. Reserve your room TODAY 


Traveling to Florida: There are currently no domestic travel restrictions in place in Florida.

Tampa International Airport: Federal law requires wearing a mask at all times at TPA.

The Florida Department of Health has issued a public health advisory, as follows:

  • Residents and visitors are advised to wear face coverings if social distancing is not possible, both indoors and outdoors.
  • Avoid closed spaces, crowded places and close-contact settings.


NPSMA events practices

  •          Free Hilton shuttle to and from the airport.
  •          Use of outdoor spaces, weather permitting.
  •          Socially distanced seating options whenever possible.
  •          Will provide 3-ply disposable (non-medical) masks.


HILTON cleanliness practices

Hilton has partnered with Reckitt, makers of Lysol® & Dettol®*, to help deliver an even cleaner stay for guests with the creation of the Hilton CleanStay program.  Reckitt brings over 200 years of cutting-edge science and research in human health products to the Hilton CleanStay program. Some features in addition to existing cleaning protocols:

  •          Guest room surfaces disinfected.
  •          Public spaces have readily available hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes, with increased scheduled cleaning.
  •          Contactless options for check-in and food and beverage service.
  •          Restaurant service includes the spacing of tables and chairs to promote proper physical distancing between guests while maintaining increased hygiene standards.
  •          Grab & Go, pre-plated and individually portioned options may be offered as alternatives to open breakfast and buffet service

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