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.
The annual corporate reception was again a successful event for our program. We had 210 people in attendance and there was definitely a lot of networking taking place that evening! Thanks to all participants, your interest and continued
support of our program, our activities and, of course, our students are highly valued. Students will follow up with corporate contacts to secure internships for this summer/fall. If you are still looking to hire extra help, make sure to contact us!!
Our students are staying busy in April, the Subsurface Geoscience Imperial Barrel team is polishing up their presentations for the final competition this month, students are giving their internship presentations, and exams and paper deadline
chase each other. We hosted award luncheons with our corporate scholarship donors Chevron and Schlumberger this month thanking them for their support of our program and our students. Applications for Fall are being reviewed by faculty and
scholarship funds from the Baker Hughes Scholarship fund will be made available to our first year students and to some highly qualified incoming fall students.
Read the Spring 2013 PSM Newsletter
Fall Corporate Luncheons gave students a great opportunity to visit and network with representatives from Deloitte, AGI, Nanoridge, Cyberonics, Chevron, Burns & McDonnell, M.D. Anderson, and others.
Information on our new "Space Studies" track is available under the tab above! If you are interested in this new degree program, please contact the PSM office at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 713-348-3188. Enrollment is open for Fall 2013! This track is focused on training students in Space Science and Engineering with the intent of creating new options for engineering and science students interested in working in the space technology
industry or related government entities, e.g. NASA, as well as governmental relations positions in non-profit organizations, industry, and academic institutions. You can find all pertinent information on our web site.
If you need intelligent and hard-working interns for your projects, please contact us!
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