Three Individual Development Plan forms for students in different years have been carefully developed after several rounds of faculty and student input. Students download the appropriate form, fill it out on their local computer, and use it to guide their annual planning/mentoring meeting. Ideally you would share the completed form with your advisor before or during your meeting.
Download IDP Forms
|Key Sections||Download the IDP Year 1 PDF(5 pages)||Download the IDP Year 2 PDF(5 pages)||Download the IDP Year 3-5 PDF(5 pages)||Notes|
|Student/ Advisor Responsibilities||✔|
|Research Progress||✔||✔||Mix of open-ended questions and checklists to help students reflect on their progress and goals|
|Academic/ Professional Skills||✔||✔||✔|
|Training and Mentoring||✔||✔||✔|
|Action Plan||✔||✔||✔||To be filled out together by student and advisor. Includes takeaways and next steps for the student.|
Verify the IDP Meeting
All Biosciences PhD advisors are expected to verify by August 1 each year that they have met with their advisees to review and discuss the IDP form. This verification step provides an auditable paper trail ensuring that all Biosciences students and advisors have at least one mentoring meeting per year that focuses on academic/professional development, in compliance with NIH policy.
- Advisors will verify each IDP meeting by logging in to GST and selecting the IDP tab within each of their advisees’ individual records.
- ONLY the date of the meeting is recorded; your IDP and discussions with your mentor remain private.