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PSM News - March 2021

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Message from NPSMA President Gerald Grunwald

As the National Professional Science Masters Association begins our 2021 program year, on behalf of our Board of Directors I want to extend our best wishes for 2021 to all members of the PSM community. During the past year, all of us have been witness to and deeply touched both personally and professionally by the health and financial impact of the COVID pandemic, as well as by the ongoing societal need of achieving inclusive excellence and engaging in civil discourse as we seek solutions to the challenges we face together. As a key player in the continued development of our STEM workforce, PSM programs have and will continue to train the STEM leaders of tomorrow, who will rise to these challenges through our unique combination of technical and professional education and training that is a hallmark of NPSMA affiliated programs. The NPSMA will continue to support all members of our community through our many resources including our publications, website, and annual workshop and conference that you can learn more about below and in upcoming editions of PSM News. We look forward to sharing more details as the year unfolds and especially look forward to seeing you in person at our annual workshop and conference in November in Tampa Florida. Until then we wish you all the best as we traverse our spring semesters, and as always, please feel free to contact me directly if we can ever be of any assistance to you and your PSM programs.

With warm regards,

President, NPSMA


NPSMA Board of Directors Announcements: 

New Officers for 2021  

President: Gerald Grunwald, Thomas Jefferson University
Past President: Tim Born, Grand Valley State University
President-Elect: Kristin Kuter, Saint Mary’s College
Convener: Meaghan Nappo, North Carolina State University
Vice President for Marketing and Outreach: Ray Hoobler, University of Utah
Vice President for Member Benefits: Marcel Blais, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Vice President for Publications: Dagmar Beck, Rice University

Newly Elected and Re-Elected Board Members for 2021 

Dagmar Beck, Rice University
Ray Hoobler, University of Utah
Max Houck, Florida International University
Deborah Silver, Rutgers University

NPSMA 2021 Annual Conference and Workshop:

Save the dates for the event in Tampa, Florida

We all plan to meet in Tampa Florida on November 10-12 2021 for the NSPMA’s Annual Pre-Conference Workshop on "Individual Development Plans” for MS stem programs, followed by our Conference on “Developing a Roadmap for your PSM Program." Information can be found on the NPSMA National Conference site and additional details regarding the conference program will be forthcoming. We are planning an in-person conference and will certainly pivot if necessary should health and safety concerns warrant a virtual meeting. The conference planning committee would like to welcome your presentation proposals and ideas for sponsorship. Send proposals and ideas to Amber Bloechle, NPSMA Conference Planning Committee Chair.

We are excited to announce that The NPSMA and CGS have been awarded a collaborative NSF grant to sponsor a survey and workshop around the theme of “STEM M.S. Individual Development Plans as Essential Tools in Workforce Development”. We invite directors from all STEM M.S. programs to participate in this exciting project.

To learn more and register for information, take the 10-minute survey:

PSM Virtual Graduate Fair 

The NPSMA is gearing up to host another PSM Virtual Graduate Fair featuring PSM programs on April 16, 2021. 

Each virtual booth's cost is $250; programs can set up individual booths or institutions with a single online booth.

If you are interested in having your PSM program participate, please contact Kristin Kuter, NPSMA President-Elect. The registration deadline is April 7, 2021.

Prospective students can register for FREE at

NPSMA Publications:

New The INNOVATOR Issue is now available!

The INNVOATOR, Spring 2021 issue has just been published. The latest issue includes these dynamic articles: 

Important Deadlines and Submission windows:

Our NPSMA publications are a great way to share your experiences about STEM education and PSM programs. It’s never too early to start planning your submissions to our publications.

Here are the upcoming submission deadlines: 

  • PSM Alumni and Graduation CHRONICLE: June 1, 2021
  • The INNOVATOR: January 1, 2022

Watch your inbox or visit the PSM website for all the latest publications. Contact Dagmar Beck, Vice President for Publications, for more information or questions. 

PSM Affiliation and NPSMA Memberships:

Make sure YOURS are current!

NPSMA offers many resources to affiliated PSM programs. To take advantage of Certificates of Completion for your students, participate in virtual recruitment opportunities, obtain our new NPSMA and PSM logos for your websites, and many other community benefits, make sure your annual fees are up to date. View the comprehensive list of Member Benefits to help you make your case for new or continued membership. 

Have questions or want more information? Contact Marcel Y. Blais, NPSMA Vice President for Member Benefits. 

In case you missed it...

  • "Ask NPSMA" Presentations. View many of these previously engaging sessions anytime, along with other PSM videos on the PSM YouTube Channel. Additional videos are being continually added so check back often. 

  • PSM and NPSMA Logos Available. Remember to update your websites and social media sites. Affiliated PSM programs may contact for the PSM logo and NPSMA members may request the NPSMA logos.

  • National Service Opportunity. Boost your resume by volunteering for an NPSMA committee. Contact for more information.

NEXT PSM News: Submit contributions to Dagmar Beck.