MSPM: In the Know, July 28, 2015

Top 3 for 28 Jul

Vexterra Group is Hiring a Technical Project Manager, Dallas, TX
Current MSPM student Gloria Hamilton is hiring a Technical Project Manager to work in the Dallas, TX area. She is eager to hire either a current student or an alum of the program. Position responsible for delivering a technical solution for secondary technology operations site and for interfacing with PMO and business/technical partners. Review the full job description and apply online through

The Gerontological Society of America is Hiring a Program Manager, Washington, DC 
Recent MSPM alum Angelia Bowman is hiring a Program Manager for the Hartford Change AGEnts Initiative in Washington, DC. She too is eager to hire from the MSPM student body or alumni. Position requires 5-7 years of PM experience and is ideal for those with grant management, public relations, public policy, and/or event management experience and interests. Review the full job description and apply online for the position.

Fall 2015 Blackboard Collaborate Schedule Now Available
The Fall 2015 Blackboard Collaborate schedule is available on the blog. These live sessions are designed for the online/distance students to engage with their professors on a weekly basis, investigating the week’s lecture in more detail and asking any questions of the professor regarding the material or assignments.

Fall 2015 Blackboard Collaborate Schedule

Course Course Title Professor Collaborate Day Time Attendance
DNSC 6202 Stats for Mgt Khamooshi Thursday 9pm Eastern Highly Encouraged
DNSC 6247 Org Mgt & Leadership Hoffman Wednesday 8pm Eastern Highly Encouraged
DNSC 6254 Risk Mgt Kwak Thursday 9pm Eastern Highly Encouraged
DNSC 6257 Cost Est & Control Khamooshi Monday 8pm Eastern Highly Encouraged
DNSC 6258 Exec Dec Making Forman Monday 9pm Eastern Highly Encouraged
DNSC 6259 Proj Portfolio Mgt Forman Monday 9pm Eastern Highly Encouraged
DNSC 6261 Intro to PM Jain Monday 9pm Eastern Highly Encouraged
DNSC 6262 Directed Comp Jain Sunday 9pm Eastern Highly Encouraged
DNSC 6269 PM Applications Kwak Thursday 8pm Eastern Highly Encouraged
DNSC 6290 International PM Ghosh Tuesday 9pm Eastern Highly Encouraged
DNSC 6290 Project Quality Mgt Griffith Wednesday 9pm Eastern Highly Encouraged

Call for Applications: 2015 Veterans Take Point Initiative, Aug 16 Deadline

The Atlantic Council is seeking applications for the Take Point Initiative, a fellowship program open to veterans of the United States Armed Forces who are 35 years old and younger and who currently work in, or would like to transition to, careers in international policy. The program includes opportunities to network with potential employers and funders, deepen their substantive policy expertise, and build nonprofit and thought leadership skills over the course of an intensive ten-day fellowship program in Washington, DC planned for October 13 – 23, 2015. Additionally, the Council will award over $60,000 in grant funds to Take Point fellows to support their work. In turn, fellows will commit to using their training to help provide a voice for other young veterans in the foreign policy discourse, including injured veterans.

Application deadline is August 16, 2015. Learn more at

MSPM Faculty Featured Speakers at GW DIT PPMO Project Management Symposium

Project Management Symposium

The George Washington University Division of Information Technology (IT) Project and Portfolio Management Office (PPMO) is hosting an inaugural Project Management Symposium on Monday, September 21, 2015. This is a one-day event created for the exchanging and sharing of knowledge of project management practices in higher education.


Current MSPM faculty members, Profs Young Kwak and Sam Ghosh, plus a former MSPM faculty member, Prof Denis Cioffi, are scheduled to present at the Symposium. View the selected presentations in the symposium agenda: Project Management Symposium Agenda

The fee includes admission to the conference, lunch and refreshments:
GW Attendees – $60
Non-GW Attendees – $85

Professional Development Units (PDUs)
Attendees with Project Management Certifications through the Project Management Institute (PMI) will be able to claim PDUs for this event. The maximum amount of PDUs available will be communicated shortly.

Hotel Reservations
There are a number of hotels within walking distance of the Foggy Bottom campus. Please visit to book a hotel reservation at a discounted rate.


Monday, September 21, 2015, 8:30am – 5:00pm


Cloyd Heck Marvin Center
800 21st Street NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 20052


Division of IT Project & Portfolio Management Office

MSPM: In the Know, July 21, 2015

Top 3 for 21 Jul

Fall 2015 Textbook List
The textbook list for fall 2015 courses is now available on the blog at If you have questions about the books listed and different versions available, contact the professor for the course directly to discuss.
Interested in sharing or selling your books to a classmate? Interested in buying a used book from a classmate? Post your available books or book needs on the Facebook page or LinkedIn group.

Lockers will be available to graduate students on a first-come first-serve basis in the fall 2015 semester. Lockers are located outside of the Graduate Lounge on the 5th floor of Duques Hall. Request a locker via You may begin requesting lockers on the first day of the semester, 31 Aug, at 9 a.m. EDT, no earlier. Lockers are available for $35 per semester (small) or $65 per semester (large). Payment may be made via check or money order.

Scholarships Available, 7 Aug Deadline
Scholarship funding is available for current MSPM students in the fall 2015 semester. The program will award five $4,000 scholarships to currently enrolled students. Full details on the scholarship eligibility criteria, application requirements, and deadlines are available on

Applicants are encouraged to utilize the University Writing Center or the English for Academic Purposes Program to ensure they put forth a graduate-level writing effort. Applications and/or essays received with spelling errors, poor grammar, or formatting issues receive less consideration than those that exhibit graduate-level writing.

Locker Rentals

Starting Fall 2015, the lockers outside of the Graduate Lounge on the 5th floor of Duques Hall will be made available to all GWSB graduate students. Lockers will be available on a first-come first-serve basis.

Students may begin requesting lockers on the first day of class, Monday, August 31st, 2015 at 9 a.m. via Locker rental rates are $35/term for small lockers and $65/term for large lockers. Please note that at this time we can only accept check or money orders for locker requests.

Fall 2015 Scholarships for Current MSPM Students, 7 Aug Deadline

Scholarship funding is available for current MSPM students in the Fall 2015 semester: MSPM Scholarship Application

Overview of scholarship guidelines:

  • Five scholarships will be awarded, each in the amount of $4,000
  • Must be registered for a minimum of 3 credits in the Fall 2015 semester
  • Must have been enrolled in a minimum of 1.5 credits or on an approved Leave of Absence in the Spring 2015 semester
  • Student must be in good standing with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Video or essay required, video preferred
  • Full guidelines and eligibility criteria are included in the application

Deadline to apply is Friday, 7 Aug, 2015, 6 p.m. EDT. Review the application in detail for the full list of guidelines, eligibility criteria, and the complete application process. Be mindful of spelling, grammar, and formatting in your essays. All students are encouraged to utilize the University Writing Center to ensure they put forward a graduate-level writing effort. Good luck!

MSPM: In the Know, July 14, 2015

Top 3 for 14 Jul

Last Day to Withdraw from Summer Session 2 Classes, 31 Jul
Friday, 31 Jul, is the last day to withdraw from a course with a grade of “W” using a Registration Transaction Form for Summer Session 2 classes. If you need to make a change in your schedule, plan ahead and take action before the deadline. Review the refund schedule to determine the refund amount.

“Agile Product Development for the Rest of Us…” Webinar, 17 Jul
Free webinar for the GW community on agile product development. RSVP for the 17 Jul event, scheduled 12:30-1:30 p.m. EDT.

Registration Now Open, 2015 Project Management Symposium, 21 Sep
Registration is now open for the GW Division of IT Project and Portfolio Management Office (PPMO) 2015 Project Management Symposium scheduled for Monday, 21 Sep. Fee for GW attendees is $60, use email address when registering to receive discount. $85 for non-GW attendees.

MSPM: In the Know, July 7, 2015

Top 3 for 7 Jul

•Apprenda and USAID are Hiring
The MSPM program was contacted by Apprenda and USAID regarding two available positions. MSPM students and graduates are highly desired for each position.
Apprenda – Project Manager Business Analyst in their New York City office.
Deadline Extended – PMP Prep Course Seats Available
The deadline was extended to 13 Jul to apply for a seat in the upcoming PMIWDC Summer 2015 PMP Prep Course. Submit the following to by the deadline:
  • Name and contact info
  • Copy of PMP application approval
  • PMI membership number and chapter name
  • 300 word statement as to why you should receive the free registration
Class dates are 15-16 Aug and 22-23 Aug.

Virtual Student Foreign Service Program 
The Virtual Student Foreign Service Program is the State Department-run eInternship program for U.S. college and graduate students. eInterns work on projects of global importance throughout the U.S. government on an unpaid basis. Learn more through the following links:



Application deadline is 22 Jul. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

USAID Seeking ICT Technical Lead, Sr Telecommunications Advisor (GS-301-15)

The incumbent will serve as an ICT Technical Lead for the Ebola response, recovery and resilience efforts.  In this capacity, the ICT Technical Lead will function as a Senior Telecommunications Advisor. The position is located in the Africa Bureau and will serve as a senior member of USAID’s team focused on the various elements ICT infrastructure as outlined above.

The ICT Technical Lead will play a key role in supporting and expanding affordable access to voice and broadband infrastructure in the affected countries.  This would include assessing feasible technologies for last and middle mile infrastructure deployments, as well as enhancing the fiber ring, particularly around Monrovia, Liberia. The position will also call for experience in identifying, understanding and shaping policy and regulatory reform with respect to broadband expansion. The incumbent may also lead on the technical aspects of developing a public-private partnership around digital infrastructure investments and expansion in the affected countries.

See job description for more details. Contact Doreen Rizopoulos with questions on the position and information on how to apply at