The PAAD program has been built around the concept that today’s graduate students who are obtaining degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) are likely to have a number of different STEM-related careers during their professional tenure. These STEM-related careers can include positions in academe, business and industry, start-up company development, government and public policy, and law. Each requires a diverse set of skills not necessarily taught in a traditional STEM program.
This project will develop a new model to provide a holistic approach to career awareness, advancement, and development for STEM graduate students by providing broad professional preparation intertwined with technical training. NRT-supported faculty from STEM and non-STEM fields will receive training that will help them propose and develop novel curricular and co-curricular concepts and methods that support one or more of the four tracks for student training: patent law, public policy/government, academia, or commercialization/entrepreneurship.
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