The Columbian Women Scholarship, Applications Due 14 Mar 2016

The Columbian Women of the George Washington University scholarship application is now open. Each year, Columbian Women awards $90,000 in scholarships to women attending GW. Scholarships are provided to students of all GW schools. Apply by March 14.

See www.columbianwomen.org for more information. If you have any questions, please contact columbianwomen@gmail.com.

The objective of The Columbian Women Scholarship (TUITION ONLY) is to recognize and assist women pursuing a degree program in any field of study at the George Washington University who demonstrate a high level of achievement in academia and a commitment to their chosen profession.

The Columbian Women Scholarship is based on merit and financial need. Applicants are first evaluated for financial need; applicants meeting the need criteria typically have an expected family contribution of less than $10,000 as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). All applicants are required to complete a FAFSA application prior to applying for a Columbian Women Scholarship.

Awards will only be made for the 2016-2017 academic year. Although award amounts may vary, approximately $90,000 will be awarded in 2016-2017 with most individual awards ranging between $5,000 and $10,000. Scholarship awards will cover tuition costs only. If a scholarship recipient registers for fewer credits than the initial award was given, the amount will be reduced to ensure only tuition costs are covered. The remaining amount will be returned to The Columbian Women. Award recipients (and other applicants) are eligible to reapply in subsequent years.

MSPM: In the Know, February 9, 2016

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Free Seats in PMIWDC’s PMP Prep Course, 27-28 Feb and 5-6 Mar
The MSPM program is pleased to offer two free registrations to the PMIWDC Winter 2016 PMP Prep Course. The course dates are 27-28 Feb and 5-6 Mar, two consecutive weekends. Course valued at $995. Submit the following to chapp@gwu.edu by 5 p.m. EST 12 Feb for consideration:
  • Name, GWid, and Contact Info
  • PMI Membership Number and Chapter Affiliation
  • 300 Word Statement as to Why You Should Receive Free Registration
Summer 2016 Short-Term Study Away Programs, 28 Feb Application Deadline
Interested in earning general elective credits in Brazil, California, or Sweden this summer? Apply for one of the summer 2016 Short-Term Study Away Programs (STAP) by 28 Feb. Learn more by contacting Lisa Brancheau, G&EE Assistant Director, at sbintl@gwu.edu. STAP course must be approved by MSPM director prior to enrollment.

Audition to Speak or Sing at the GWSB Commencement Celebration, Apply by 26 Feb
Students eligible to participate in the May 2016 commencement are invited to audition to either speak or sing at the GWSB Commencement Celebration. Email gradspkr@gwu.edu by 26 Feb to sign up for an audition time. Please be prepared to deliver a 3-5 minute commencement speech or to sing the National Anthem and Alma Mater.

MSPM: In the Know, February 5, 2016

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Free Seats in PMIWDC’s PMP Prep Course, 27-28 Feb and 5-6 Mar
The MSPM program is pleased to offer two free registrations to the PMIWDC Winter 2016 PMP Prep Course. The course dates are 27-28 Feb and 5-6 Mar, two consecutive weekends. Course valued at $995. Submit the following to chapp@gwu.edu by 12 Feb for consideration:
  • Name, GWID, and Contact Info
  • PMI Membership Number and Chapter Affiliation
  • 300 Word Statement as to Why you Should Receive a Free Registration

Complete Your GWorkSB Profile
Looking to take full advantage of the resources available to you at GWSB? Complete your profile on GWorkSB to receive the weekly graduate newsletter from the F. David Fowler Career Center. Newsletter includes job listings, events, and workshop details offered through the Career Center. Don’t miss out on these amazing jobs!

MSPM: In the Know, February 2, 2016

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Upcoming Events

Resources for Success
The MSPM director serves as the academic advisor and staff resource for all MSPM students. Please contact your advisor with any questions regarding the program, degree requirements, room reservations within GWSB, scholarships, or any other matters pertaining to your degree.
Students are also responsible for understanding and complying with University, School, and MSPM Program requirements. Below is a listing of resources to assist in your success at GW (list is not exhaustive):

Summer 2016 Registration Opens 1 Mar
Registration for summer 2016 courses begins 1 Mar. Summer session I begins 16 May and summer session II begins 5 Jul. Review the DNSC course offerings via the Schedule of Classes. No core MSPM courses will be offered in summer 2016, only electives. Schedule an advisement session with me to discuss your options and to review your plan in DegreeMAP. Take action now to avoid schedule conflicts or delayed graduation.

The MSPM program will offer two 1.5 electives in summer session I:

The Decision Sciences Dept also offers electives focused on business analytics, some of which are open to MSPM students:

  • DNSC 6290 Visualization for Analytics, Grover, campus only
  • DNSC 6290 Big Data, Vaisman, campus only
  • DNSC 6290 Business Process Simulation, Jain, distance/online section open to MSPM students, campus section restricted to MSBA students (see MSBA program for permission to enter campus section)
  • DNSC 6290 Social Network Analysis for Managers, Kanungo, distance/online only

Summer 2016 Electives

The MSPM program will offer two 1.5 credit hour electives in summer 2016: DNSC 6290 Project Governance and DNSC 6290 Project Management Methodologies. Short summaries of each course are provided below. Please contact the respective professors for more detailed information on the courses. The Decision Sciences Department offers additional courses focused on business analytics. These course may be applied to the DNSC elective or general elective requirements for the MSPM degree. See the Schedule of Classes for details. The schedule is subject to change.

DNSC 6290 Project Governance (1.5 credit hours), Dr. Sam Ghosh (sghosh12@gwu.edu), Campus and Online Sections, 5/16/16-6/25/16


An overview of project governance: models, practices and case studies. It is designed to augment the basics of project management courses with information pertinent to the governance, limitations and recommendations for practice.

 

Prerequisites

None

 

Course Objectives

1)     To understand difference between project management and project governance

2)     To understand different strategies and framework for project governance

3)     To understand different modules involved in the governance process

4)     To provide fundamental information for the PM as a “what to expect” road map to project governance

 

 

Assignments

Assignments will include an exam, short paper, and a project.

 

DNSC 6290 Project Management Methodologies (1.5 credit hours), Dr. Homayoun Khamooshi (hkh@gwu.edu), Campus and Online Sections, 5/16/16-6/25/16

An overview of PMI’s PMBOK is presented and explained using the systemic process adopted in the PMBOK. The course also covers the Agile project management approach as a flexible and dynamic methodology suitable for a particular class of projects. The course will also cover PRINCE II, which is a well structured project management methodology, and is introduced and compared against Agile and PMI’s PMBOK.

 

Prerequisites

None

 

Course Objectives

1)     Develop knowledge and skills about the structure and content of the PMI PMBOK.

2)     Develop knowledge and skills about the structure, processes and content of Agile project management.

3)     Develop knowledge and skills about the structure, processes and content of PRINCE II.

4)     Develop skills and learn how a project management methodology could be tailored to the needs of a project using project management skills and expertise.

5)     Enhance understanding of the relationships between these approaches and systems thinking.

6)      Develop skills to conduct comparative analysis of different project management methodologies.

 

Assignments

Assignments will include an exam and a case study.

MSPM: In the Know, January 26, 2016

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Participate in F. David Fowler Career Center Pilot Program, 15 Students Needed
The F. David Fowler Career Center is piloting a new online resume building platform. Will you help us test it out? Participating in the pilot program will ensure a perfectly formatted resume adhering to the GWSB standards, as well as detailed feedback from a graduate career coach on the content of your resume. We need 15 students to help us test out this exciting new product. If interested, email Annie Rao at annierao@gwu.edu.

Town Hall with Dean Livingstone, 27 Jan
Dean Livingstone will host a town hall tomorrow, 27 Jan, 6-7 p.m. EST in Duques Hall 353. The town hall is an opportunity to provide feedback on the specialized masters programs, the School of Business, and your experience at GW. A separate session will be scheduled for online students. A date and time will be scheduled in the coming weeks.

Apply for the VETWORKING Program by 28 Jan
The Veteran Employment Initiative VETWORKING program, sponsored by the MITRE Corporation, provides veterans with career transition and personal growth experiences and education necessary to succeed in seeking civilian employment. Learn more and sign up at http://www.nvtc.org/events.

Gilead Sciences Hiring a Project Manager for Legal Projects

Job Title: Project Manager
Location: Foster City, CA
Duration: 12+ Months

Job Description:

Requested Information Required Details
Client name  (should be active) Gilead Sciences
SR# NA
No. of resources required 1
Job Designation Project Manager role for Legal Projects
Mention the Skill/Role Title Legal Projects Exp is must, Excellent Communication skill
Skills Required / Role
Please provide a concise job specification in 4 to 5 key bullet points (and not a generic one)
We are actively seeking to fill a Project Manager role for Legal Projects, with the following background:

  • Responsible to provide overall leadership for a project or support effort;
  • Accountable for deliverables; Identify functional requirements and performance specification;
  • Develop schedules, milestones, resource requirements and staffing plans to achieve deliverables;
  • Allocate tasks among team members and assesses team progress toward objectives;
  • Monitor progress, recognize and help resolve technical problems;
  • Serve as the primary point of contact with client technical management;
  • Provide regular status reports and briefings;
  • Assure recognition of project changes and execution of related change control procedures;
  • Manage the project resources, including customer and contractor as required.
  • Overall hands on manager for designated project.
Years of experience required 8+
Duration of role 1+ YEAR
Location of role – Mention City 101 Lincoln Center Dr, Foster City, CA.
Buy/Sell Rate. (Mandatory) NA

If you believe you’re qualified for this position and are currently in the job market or interested in making a change, please give me a call as soon as possible at (973) 507-7555.

You may respond to me via email but please be sure to include your direct phone number so I can reach out to you quickly. In considering candidates for our various positions, time is of the essence and we are committed to responding to our clients promptly.

Best Regards,
Vishwa Raj
(973) 507-7555
Vishwa.Raj@artechinfo.com

MSPM: In the Know, January 19, 2016

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Town Hall with Dean Livingstone, 27 Jan
Dean Linda Livingstone will host a town hall on Wednesday, 27 Jan, 6-7 p.m. EST in Duques Hall 353. The town hall is an opportunity to provide feedback on the specialized masters programs, the School of Business, and your experience directly to Dean Livingstone. We hope that you can attend.
A separate session will be scheduled for online students. A date and time will be scheduled in the coming weeks.

Attend the PMIWDC Washington Circle Luncheon Events this Spring
The GWSB MSPM program is proud to host the monthly free brownbag luncheon series. Earn 1 PDU and learn from top speakers in the DC metro area. Visit www.pmiwdc.org for the latest schedule.

New Student Orientation Slides
For those who attended the new student orientation on 8 Jan, the slides from the day-long session are attached.

MSPM: In the Know, January 12, 2016

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Get to Know the Spring 2016 Incoming Class
The bio book for the incoming spring 2016 class is available on the blog (password: gwmspm). The incoming class participated in orientation on campus on Friday, 8 Jan. Visit the GW PMA Facebook page for pictures from the bridge game.

DreamSpark
All MSPM students, including the new spring 2016 students, have access to DreamSpark. DreamSpark provides free downloads of Microsoft software, including Project. Instructions on downloading software from DreamSpark are available on the blog (password: gwmspm). If you are accessing DreamSpark for the first time, you will need to register/create an account using your @gwmail.gwu.edu email address.

Students may also download VM Fusion, helpful if using a Mac. VM Fusion simulates a Windows environment on Macs.

Add/Drop Deadlines
Looking add or drop a course? Be aware of the various add/drop deadlines. The Office of the Registrar provides all deadlines to be aware of as they relate to registration. 24 Jan is the last day to add a course on GWeb. 7 Feb is the last day to drop a course on GWeb. Be aware of the refund schedule, as well.