MSPM in the KNOW: February 21, 2018

Top 3 for 21 February 2018

1- Summer Registration. As posted on the blog last week, registration for the 2018 Summer Sessions will open on Thursday, 1 March. The MSPM program will be offering two electives that will count toward your MSPM degree:

DNSC 6237 International PM, Ghosh (1.5)

DNSC 6290 PM Methodologies, Khamooshi (1.5)

Register for classes now via GWeb. View full list of course offerings via the registrar’s website. Questions about registration? Schedule an appointment with Agnes Socrates via www.meetme.so/gwmspm and include your GWid.

2- Graduation Application for Summer. Students who are completing all program requirements in the Summer 2018 semester, who are participating in May 2018 commencement should apply for graduation by 15 March. Students need to be enrolled in the Summer semester before they will be eligible to submit graduation application. Check out application instructions on the registrar’s website.

3- PMI Washington DC Scholarships. Interested in scholarship opportunities? Check out scholarships offered by Project Management Institute Washington DC Chapter:

Milestone: https://pmief.org/scholarships/scholarship-directory/pmi-washington-dc-chapter-milestone-scholarship

George Patton Memorial Scholarship: https://pmief.org/scholarships/scholarship-directory/george-patton-memorial-scholarship

Clayman C. Myers, Jr. Scholarship: https://pmief.org/scholarships/scholarship-directory/clayman-c-myers-jr-memorial-scholarship

Clayman C. Myers, Jr. Memorial Scholarship, due 1 May

Amount (USD): Up to $2,000

Deadline: 1 May

Apply via: https://pmief.org/scholarships/scholarship-directory/clayman-c-myers-jr-memorial-scholarship

Summary

The Washington, DC Chapter is offering a scholarship valued up to US$2,000. The Scholarship is open to any DC Chapter member pursuing for-credit education in project management at an accredited educational institution in Maryland, Virginia, or the District of Columbia.

Application and Notification

To apply for this scholarship, complete the Academic Application for Undergraduates and Graduates.  When you complete this application you will be considered for all academic scholarships for which you meet the criteria, so separate applications are not required for individual scholarships.  The application opens on January 1 and closes on May 1.  All notification of application status will be made to the email address you provide in your scholarship application.

To review the guidelines for Academic Scholarships, please visit the Scholarship Guidelines.

Criteria

The scholarship is open to any DC Chapter member attending or planning to attend any accredited college or university pursuing for-credit education in project management at an accredited educational institution in Maryland, Virginia, or the District of Columbia.

George Patton Memorial Scholarship, due April 1

Amount (USD): (2) Up to $2,000 each

Deadlines: 1 April, 1 July, 1 September

Application link: https://pmief.org/scholarships/scholarship-directory/george-patton-memorial-scholarship

Summary

The PMI Washington, DC Chapter’s sponsored George Patton Memorial Scholarship is a scholarship intended to assist project managers in funding continuing education coursework. The scholarship will award a maximum of up to US$2,000 twice per year (in the Spring and Fall) which may be awarded in whole or in part to one or more individuals each time.

Application and Notification

To apply for this scholarship, please complete the Professional Development and Training Scholarship Application. When you complete the application, you will be considered for all professional development scholarships for which you meet the criteria, so separate applications are not required.

Applications from interested candidates must be received by PMIEF no later than April 1, each year. All notification of application status will be made to the email address you provide in your scholarship application.  Upon award, the recipient must register and pay for his/her professional development course and then send confirmation of registration and payment to PMIEF.

Upon receipt of this documentation, PMIEF will reimburse the recipient(s) up to the value of the scholarship amount awarded.

To review the guidelines for Professional Development and Training Scholarships, please visit the Scholarship Guidelines.

Criteria

Upon award, the student must register and pay for the course and submit to PMIEF proof of registration and payment. Once the student submits this proof, PMIEF will then reimburse him/her up to the value of the scholarship amount awarded.

Scholarships are taxable for US citizens and will be awarded to individuals in the following order of priority:

  1. Members of the PMI Washington, DC Chapter will be given special consideration over any other applicants. If no chapter member applies, applicants in the 2nd priority will be considered;
  2. Individuals who are project managers living or working within the greater Washington, DC area including the following counties:

District of Columbia

  • Washington

Maryland

  • Calvert County
  • Charles County
  • Frederick County
  • Montgomery County
  • Prince George’s County

Virginia

  • Arlington County
  • Clarke County
  • Fairfax County
  • Fauquier County
  • Loudoun County
  • Prince William County
  • Spotsylvania County
  • Stafford County
  • Warren County

PMI Washington DC Milestone Scholarship, due April 1

Summary: The Project Management Institute has donated a PMI Chapter Milestone Professional Development Scholarship in honor of the PMI Washington, DC Chapter for reaching its 40-year milestone. The scholarship, valued up to US $3,500, may be awarded in whole or in part to one or more individuals.

First deadline, April 1

Second deadline, July 1

Read more via this link: https://pmief.org/scholarships/scholarship-directory/pmi-washington-dc-chapter-milestone-scholarship

To apply, use this link: https://pmief.org/scholarships/professional-development-scholarships/how-to-apply

Application and Notification: To apply for this scholarship, please complete the Professional Development and Training Scholarship Application. When you complete the application, you will be considered for all professional development scholarships for which you meet the criteria, so separate applications are not required.

Applications from interested candidates must be received by PMIEF no later than the published deadline.. All notification of application status will be made to the email address you provide in your scholarship application. Upon award, the recipient must register and pay for his/her professional development course and then send confirmation of registration and payment to PMIEF.

Upon receipt of this documentation, PMIEF will reimburse the recipient(s) up to the value of the scholarship amount awarded.

To review the guidelines for Professional Development and Training Scholarships, please visit the Scholarship Guidelines.

Criteria: Must live in the area that the PMI Washington, DC Chapter serves. Courses provided by Project Management Institute are not eligible.

MSPM in the KNOW: February 13, 2018

Top 3 for 13 February 2018

1- Summer 2018 Registration opens 1 March. Registration for the 2018 Summer Sessions will open on Thursday, 1 March. Continuing students may register for classes on GWeb. Summer is the perfect time to fulfill your electives. View list of course offerings via the registrar’s website. Questions about registration? Schedule an appointment with Agnes Socrates via www.meetme.so/gwmspm and include your GWid.

2-  Welcome 2018 GWPMA Board. We welcome the new GWPMA Board for 2018 who will lead the MSPM student body and organize events such as luncheons, volunteer fairs and university talks through Spring 2019. Congratulations to the new members, namely:

  • President: Douglas Robertson
  • Vice President, Strategic Relations: Ishai Trani

We thank the 2017 Board Members: Angela Knight (President), Phebean Williams (VP Strategic Relations) and Vugar Mammadov (Distance Student Representative, International) for their leadership and service during the last term. Read more.

3-  MSPM Student Bob Estes shares first CERES light images. Robert (Bob) Estes, MSPM student and NASA’s Clouds and the Earth’s Radiant Energy System (CERES) Deputy Project Manager, Flight Projects Directorate proudly announced that the CERES is working! Bob shared images of the first light observed by the CERES FM6 instrument on orbit. The CERES instrument was one of the five that launched 18 November 2017 aboard the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Joint Polar Satellite System-1 (JPSS-1). After reaching the polar orbit, the satellite became NOAA-20. Both CERES and JPSS-1 are perfect examples of applicability of project management discipline in scientific discoveries. Read more.

MSPM is very fortunate to hear success stories such as this one from our student body. If you have anything similar to share, please email aesocrates@gwu.edu.

Welcome GWPMA Board for 2018!

We welcome the new GWPMA Board for 2018 who will lead the MSPM student body
and organize events such as Luncheons, Volunteer Fairs and University Talks through Spring 2019. Congratulations to the new members namely:
  • President: Douglas Robertson
  • Vice President, Strategic Relations: Ishai Trani

Douglas and Ishai had officially transitioned into their new roles as of February 6, 2018. Current Distance Student Representative (International) held by Vugar Mammadov is currently vacant and will be filled in shortly. If interested in this position, please email pmprog@gwu.edu.

We thank GWPMA’s 2017 board members: Angela Knight (President), Phebean Williams (VP for Strategic Relations) and Vugar Mammadov (Distance Student Representative, International) for their leadership and service. Among the many accomplishments of the board include: Securing Event and Training Budget for GWPMA and successfully organizing the following:

  • Spring 2018 Career Fair
  • The Power of Communications Webinar, featuring Alan Zucker, CEO PM Essentials
  • 2017 PM Symposium
  • PMP Study Groups

The following Board Members will continue their service with the GWPMA:

  • Vice President, Events: Tara Turner
  • Vice President, Communications and Marketing: Lisa Samuel Hamilton
  • Distance Student Representative (Domestic): Daralyn Bryant

Bob Estes: It’s Working – CERES First Light!

Robert (Bob) Estes, MSPM student and NASA’s Clouds and the Earth’s Radiant Energy System (CERES) Deputy Project Manager, Flight Projects Directorate announced that the CERES is working!

Bob shared images of the first light observed by the CERES FM6 instrument on orbit. The CERES instrument was one of the five that launched November 18, 2017 aboard the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Joint Polar Satellite System-1 (JPSS-1). After reaching the polar orbit, the satellite became NOAA-20.

Following successful JPSS-1 launch, CERES was deployed on orbit and began scanning Earth on January 10, 2018. Scientists used those scans to produce “light” images (see photos below).

In an email from Bob, he says “In all my years at NASA,  I don’t think I have ever had such an emotional reaction as when I viewed these images.  It is so humbling to see the instrument in operations and I am so grateful to all of the CERES team whose contributions have made this event possible.”

CERES is one of the many examples where project management is applied. It is a testament to the applicability of this discipline in scientific discoveries.

In this shortwave image from CERES FM6, the white and green shades represent thick cloud cover reflecting incoming solar energy back to space. Compare that with the darker blue regions, which have no cloud cover, to get a sense for just how much clouds can affect the balance of incoming and outgoing energy on Earth.
Credits: NASA
In this longwave image from CERES FM6, heat energy radiated from Earth is represented by shades of yellow, red, blue and white. Bright yellow regions are the hottest and emit the most energy out to space. Dark blue and bright white regions, which represent clouds, are much colder and emit the least energy.
Credits: NASA

MSPM in the KNOW: February 6, 2018

Top 3 for 6 February 2018:

1- Thank you MSPM student, Mina Panahi for facilitating last week’s PMIWDC Washington Circle Luncheon Event, “Using Dharma to Supercharge Your Leadership and Life” featuring Sunil Saxena, MD. Washington Circle luncheons are free events sponsored by the GWMSPM program in partnership with the PMIWDC. Last week’s event attracted 33 local project managers. Each participant earned 1 Professional Development Unit (PDU) in Leadership talent triangle. Check out event photos on our facebook page.

2- The GWPMA (student organization) participated at the GWSB Spring 2018 Career Expo on February 1st to promote the GWMSPM program and its students with hiring companies. MSPM student Tara Turner and outgoing GWPMA President, Angela Knight worked with the school’s career center on planning for this event.  Incoming GWPMA President Douglas Robertson, staffed the organization’s event table during the Career Expo. The event attracted hundreds of  students and 30 hiring companies including: AARP, Berkadia, Commercial Mortgage, Capgemini Government Solutions, Choice Hotels International, Education Pioneers, Evergreen Enterprises, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, Naval Surface Warfare Center Philadelphia Division, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, World Bank Group and others. Well done GWPMA! Check out photos on facebook.

3- Upcoming Career Events:

NSA Info Session and NSA Lobby Greeting | February 7th (This Wednesday) 

Target Audience: Grads and Undergrads from the following majors: Business Administration, Management, Finance, Accounting, Marketing | Economics; Quantitative Methods | Organizational Management; Industrial Management; Program Management | Engineering; Computer Science | Information Technology; Systems Management. US Citizenship required for job application as it is a government agency. 

Leidos Information Session | Feb. 7th (This Wednesday)

Target Audience: STEM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Math) Students from all schools

VMWare Info Session & Tech Talk | Feb. 8th (This Thursday)

Target Audience: STEM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Math) Students from all schools

srcLogic Information Session: Is Consulting Right for You?Feb. 12 (Next Monday)

Target Audience: Tech, Consulting

National Security Agency Information Session, February 7

Interested in Federal Employment post-graduation? Have you considered bringing your talents to the National Security Agency (NSA)? NSA is looking for talented students to join our growing team! Lead recruiters from NSA’s business directorate will be on campus sharing information with students about their organization, and what they’re looking for in prospective business candidates. NSA employs a wide variety of business professionals who play a key role protecting our nation’s security every day. NSA relies on the skills of our acquisition, finance, and accounting professionals to support the internal infrastructure of a federal agency comparable in size and budget to Fortune 100 companies. Register via the following link:

MSPM in the KNOW: January 30, 2018

Top 3 for 30 January 2018

1- Reminder, graduation application for Spring 2018 is due on Thursday, 1 February. Students who are in their last semester in the MSPM program should apply for graduation via GWeb no later than Thursday, 1 February 2018. To begin your application, log in at GWeb, click Student Records & Registration Menu > Student Records Information > Apply to Graduate. Students who miss the published deadline will be assessed a $35 late application fee and must use the late paper application.

2- Last day to add a course using Registration Transaction Form is on Friday, 9 February. Students who are unable to register for classes must complete a Leave of Absence Request Form. Last day to drop a course on GWeb is Sunday, 11 February. Dropping from a course will incur tuition charges and/or fees. Review the registrar’s website to fully understand regulations governing student withdrawals. Questions? Schedule an advisement session with Agnes Socrates via www.meetme.so/gwmspm (include your GWID).

3- Career Expo and Job Opportunities.

Spring 2018 GWSB Career Expo

Come and meet area employers who are interested in connecting with School of Business students on Thursday, 1 February.  This is your opportunity to utilize your elevator pitch and gather information on business-related internships and full-time opportunities. Register via Handshake.

CBO Seeks Summer IT & Finance Interns

  • The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) seeks summer interns to join the following departments:
    • IT Intern: Information Resource Management and Technology Services Unit. Application link can be found here.
    • Finance/Accounting Intern: Office of Financial Management. Application link can be found here.

ConnectWise – Full Time Opportunities in Marketing

  • ConnectWise is a software company committed to helping technology solution providers build, manage, and grow their businesses by increasing productivity, efficiency, and profitability. They are seeking to recruit recent or soon to be grads for the following: Partner Marketing Manager, Senior Manager, Digital Strategy.