Summer is here and the PSM office
is busy at work preparing for the fall semester.
Seventeen students graduated this
year, thirteen accepted job offers before and after graduation, the remaining 4
are presently in the job searching mode, and we are optimistic that they will
find the right position for their career goals soon. We have a new group of 38
students joining us for the fall semester, and we are looking forward to
welcoming them to Rice University.
Students have received summer
reading selections, and will get more correspondence from our office over the
summer to make sure they are prepared for starting at Rice with a focus on
their professional growth and development.
Enrolled, second-year students are
signed up for internships with a variety of internship providers this summer
and fall. We thank Apache Corp., Halliburton/Landmark, ION Geophysical, Baker
Hughes, INEXS, Element Markets, City of Houston, Nanoridge, RollsRoyce, Medical
Informatics Corp., Institute for Public Health, Rice Baker Institute for Public
Policy, and M.D. Anderson for helping our students to gain work experience.
New Initiatives in Professional Master's in Science and Engineering Education at Rice
In collaboration with the School of Engineering, we continue our efforts to assist corporate professionals who are seeking to enrich their education by completing a master's degree at Rice. We are in the process of lecture capture to
allow employed students easier access to lectures offered in their degree plans. Two courses are wrapping up this semester, two or three more are lined up for lecture capture in fall focused on courses designed for professional master's in Engineering.
Not only will these captured lectures facilitate attendance of professionals
taking our courses part-time whilst employed, but they will also have other benefits, such as:
- Help international students when
- Help faculty to gain more independence
- Allow flipped-classroom teaching
Other new and on-going initiatives include continued efforts to improve the support we offer our international students include:
- Summer English Reading Assignments
- Cultural Immersion Workshop for International Students
- Mentorship program between students
Addressing professional development and soft skills for our students has resulted in a collaboration
with the Center of Engineering Leadership with the goal to create a leadership course for grad
students. In addition, we are continuing our efforts to make more communication courses available for science and engineering students.
With a focus on Rice undergrad students we are spreading the word about opportunities for Rice students to line their study plans up to create a pathway into our professional master's degree which - with good planning - they could finish
in a 5th
year of studies at Rice, completing their B.S. and their M.S. degrees back-to-back.
We also have seen a higher interest in our dual
PSM/MBA tracks by incoming students who have to apply to both programs at the same time to be able to qualify for this opportunity.
Read the Spring 2013 PSM Newsletter
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Latest article on PSM Programs!
Institute of Physics
article (London) mentions Rice University and the PSM Program