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Individuals who want to pursue an academic career or anyone who wants to support this endeavor can utilize this website. 

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Graduate Students

CAFFE assists graduate students to integrate discipline and professional goals. Optimize your time at Michigan State University. Reading this website is a great start! Now Sign Up to make your plan.

Undergraduate Students

It is never too early to find out what are the essential skills to become a faculty member.  It is never too early to begin your own line of inquiry. Start with Undergraduate Research at MSU.

The Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) is a gateway to graduate education at Michigan State University (MSU). The goal of the program is to increase the number of domestic undergraduate students who pursue graduate study and careers in teaching and research at colleges and universities. MSU SROP helps prepare undergraduate students for graduate study through intensive research experiences with faculty mentors and academic enrichment activities.

Postdoctoral Scholars

In 2009, in order to address the mentoring requirements of the America COMPETES Act, the National Science Foundation began to require a description of mentoring and professional development plans for postdocs from all principal investigators with proposals that requested funding for postdoctoral scholars. Initially the plan was incorporated into the Broader Impact section of the proposal, but currently it goes as a one-page supplementary document, and proposals lacking this document are returned without review.

In 2012, a subcommittee of the National Institute of Health Advisory Committee to the Director proposed a similar requirement for NIH supported postdocs and now all NIH grants that support trainees at the pre- and post-doctoral levels should have an individual mentoring plan or individual development plan (IDP) to help ensure that a diverse and highly trained workforce is available to assume leadership roles.

Michigan State University provides support for postdocs.

Faculty Mentors

According to the Michigan State University Office of Sponsored Programs, Postdoctoral Researcher Mentoring Plans must describe the mentoring that will be provided to all postdoctoral researchers and include mentoring activities such as career counseling; grant writing, guidance on how to collaborate effectively with researchers from diverse backgrounds and disciplines, and training in responsible professional practices

CAFFE helps faculty with resources to develop an Individual Development Plan for post docs and graduate students for their grant applications.

Michigan State University has a wealth of resources on mentoring through the Office of Faculty & Organizational Development.