All NCAS-M fellows are required to complete an Individualized Student Development Plan (SDP).

The SDP will focus on three (3) broad areas that are known to influence educational success: academic development, professional/career development, and social/personal development.

Students will be required to complete the SDP four (4) times a year in collaboration with their mentor/advisor (i.e., planning form, mid-year progress report, end-of-year progress report, and summer progress report).

SDP Section Description
1 Background Information To be completed by student at the start of the fiscal year to gather background and contact information.
2 Annual Planning Form To be completed by student and approved by faculty advisor and NOAA mentor at the start of the fiscal year to plan student education and research activities for the upcoming year.
3 Mid-Year Progress Report To be completed by student and approved by faculty advisor and NOAA mentor at mid-year to document accomplishments, challenges, and needs by mid-year (report will cover fall semester).
4 Year End Progress Report To be completed by student and approved by faculty advisor and NOAA mentor at year-end to document accomplishments, challenges, and needs by year-end (report will cover spring semester).
5 Summer Progress Report To be completed by student and approved by faculty advisor and NOAA mentor at the end of the summer (report will cover summer experience).

The SDP will be web-based. Training for this item will take place online.