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Individual Development Plans (IDPs)

BGS requires an annual IDP for all predoctoral students (PhD, MD-PhD, and VMD-PhD).  The goals of the IDP are to make sure students and mentors are communicating openly and that students are working proactively toward developing the skills they will need to succeed. Separate forms are to be used by pre-thesis and thesis level students. 

BGS Predoctoral Student IDP – for Junior Students (Year 1-2 PhD, Year 3 combined degree)

Students should discuss their IDP with their Academic Advisor or Program Head during formal advising.  Part A, Skills and Motivations, is private.  Its purpose is to guide discussion, and no written answers are needed.  Part B, Plans/Goals for the Coming Year, will become part of the student’s academic record.  It too should be discussed with the Academic Advisor or Program Head, and the completed form should be submitted to the Graduate Group Office – and also, in the case of MD-PhD students, to the Combined Degree Office. An example of a completed form is available here.

BGS Predoctoral Student IDP – for Students in Thesis Labs (Year 2+ PhD, Year 4+ combined degree)

Students should discuss their IDP with their Thesis Advisor on at least an annual basis.  Part A, Skills and Motivations and Career Planning, is private.  Its purpose is to guide discussion, and no written answers are needed.  Parts B, Achievements and Plans/Goals, and C, Skills to Improve, will become part of the student’s academic record and should be shared with the thesis committee and submitted to the Graduate Group Office – and also, in the case of MD-PhD students, to the Combined Degree Office.  More detailed instructions are available here.  An example of a completed form is available here.