Graduate Portfolios

During the course of a graduate education students should develop, with the advice of their mentor(s) and graduate committee, an accurate and comprehensive curriculum vita. This document describes their experience and accomplishments across the full range of traditional academic activities (teaching, research and service). Each graduate student will be encouraged to develop a portfolio (contained largely in the CV) which will be reviewed annually by their supervisory committee or program graduate committee, and will include all the following items unless inappropriate for the field of choice:

Module I (Prepared in the first semester of studies):

  1. A statement of explanation for the choice of graduate field, the expectations for learning in the field, expectation of outcome and anticipated career goals
  2. A statement of what high ethical standards means in a chosen profession

Module II (A curriculum vitae; updated annually at the end of the Fall Semester.)

  1. Basic information (name, contact information, educational and work history, etc.)
  2. Title of graduate research project
  3. Honors and Awards
  4. Seminars presented
  5. Meetings attended and papers/posters delivered in those settings
  6. Grant Experience 
    1. Applications submitted (outcome) 
    2. IRB & IACUC applications submitted

Module III - (A Research Progress Report; updated annually at the end of the Fall Semester.):

[NOTE: This section can be modified in internal structure to fit departmental/program guidelines as well as those for internal or external fellowship competition and reporting]

  1. Restatement of Specific Aims
  2. Progress toward each aim
  3. Pitfalls and alternative approaches, if applicable
  4. New research skills/techniques learned, if applicable
  5. Other new learning achievements, if applicable (e.g., Short course, grant writing workshop, ethics workshop, etc)

Module IV (Other relevant graduate education activities, if applicable for the program; updated annually at the end of the Fall Semester.):

  1. Teaching exercises engaged in and teaching techniques used along with a self assessment of teaching effectiveness
  2. Involvement in technology transfer or translational research (disclosures and patents)
  3. Information technology skills

Module V (Terminal year students only):

  1. A brief description of what high ethical standards now means to you.
  2. A brief narrative addressing how have career goals and employment expectations been refined or changed.

Portfolios will be evaluated by each Ph.D. student’s supervisory committee or program graduate committee and each Masters student’s Advisory Committee. Evaluative statements must be forwarded to the respective program’s Graduate Committees no later than March 30. A convenient method of reporting would be for the minutes of a fall or winter supervisory committee meeting to reflect review and approval of the portfolio.

Students deserve a timely response in assessments of their progress, learning, or skill acquisition. Advisors and program graduate committees should provide feedback to students not only through the required annual process, but also in regular contacts such as journal clubs, research meetings, seminars and other routine or special lab activities.