Seed Sprint workshop for competency-based graduate education

The National Academy of Science and Engineering and funding agencies (National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation) recognize many PhD graduates are not well trained in skills beyond the laboratory. They have called upon graduate programs to implement competency-based curricula to train PhD students in skills such as communication, leadership and professionalism.

Members of the Case Western Reserve University community are invited to learn more about efforts to bring competency-based PhD training to science and engineering graduate programs at CWRU, the goal of one Seed Sprint project. The workshop will be held Friday, March 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Wood Building, Room 331.

Nationally recognized leaders from two competency-based PhD training programs—Gundula Bosch of Johns Hopkins University’s School of Public Health and Michael Bouchard of Drexel University’s Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences—will assist the Department of Pharmacology graduate program with this workshop.

From 10 to 11:30 a.m., the workshop will address implementation and evaluation of competencies. Lunch (provided to those who RSVP in advance) will be served at noon. The final portion of the workshop, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., will cover development of competencies.

Contact Marvin Nieman at for details and to RSVP.