Learning Communities of Graduates for Advancing Professional Skills (GAPS): Integrate Professional Skill Training with Thesis Research

By Shan Jiang, PI

Iowa State University is establishing sustainable learning communities of Graduates for Advancing Professional Skills (GAPS) and designing a new framework of training that adapts the project management skills from industry to academic research.

Studies suggest that current graduate education focuses too narrowly on thesis research, and graduate students are not well prepared with skills for future work in industry or the academy. However, limited resources and lack of faculty support prevent students from committing to skill training. To address these challenges, this program is developing innovative training approaches to help students learn and practice project management skills.


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