Graduate students benefit from reflecting on their career aspirations, assessing their strengths and weaknesses, and formulating a plan to better prepare themselves for future training and the job market.
Individual Development Plans (IDPs) provide a planning process that identifies both professional development needs and career objectives. Furthermore, IDPs serve as a communication tool between graduate students and their mentors.
The MCB Graduate Program requires that an IDP be completed no later than 2 months after the successful completion of the qualifying examination and then again over the summer before the fifth year in the Program. The IDP should be prepared in collaboration with the research advisor. Some students may find it helpful to review their IDP as part of their annual committee meeting. The final document should be submitted to the MCB Director of Graduate Studies by the deadline.
Please read the instructions for completion of the IDP here.