The IDP is a living document to help define and pursue short- and long-term career goals. The NIH requires all graduate students and postdoctoral fellows supported on an NIH grant to complete an IDP and this requirement ensures all NIH-supported MCB students are compliant. Also, many MCB students will not follow an academic career path and the IDP helps provide training to prepare for diverse career paths.
We hope the IDP will encourage open, honest and supportive discussions between graduate students and mentors and will enable students to identify possible career options and to develop the skills needed for future success.
-Formulate IDP with faculty advisor in Winter Quarter of Second Year.
-Update IDP with faculty advisor in Winter Quarter of following years.
-Present and discuss IDP with Supervisory Committee at Annual Committee Meeting.
– Upload a signed copy of the IDP and the Annual Committee Meeting Report by the end of Spring Quarter