Preparing Tomorrow's Leaders for Science

Preparing Tomorrow's Leaders for Science (PTLS) is a program at CAFNR developed to equip an elite set of graduate students in the sciences with essential interpersonal and communication skills so that they contribute to teams at an accelerated pace.

Individuals have a personal leadership coach throughout the year

Individuals have a personal leadership coach throughout the year

All students in the 2014-15 class said their expectations were met, and 92% would recommend it to others (72% strongly recommend). These students are now better prepared to successfully lead and collaborate with others.

The program has proven to increase emotional intelligence, a great predictor of career success than IQ. As one company executive remarked who met the PTLS students,

"The students' soft skills were WAY above average. Mizzou has great students and this program makes them better."

Program overview

PTLS is a two-part series:

Team-building with a corporate trainer

Team-building with a corporate trainer

The program will feature:

Benefits of the program

Students who complete this elite program will have a competitive advantage over their peers nationwide because they will know how to:

Off site visit to incubator

Off site visit to incubator

After PTLS, students will also understand:

Students can list PTLS on their resumes and it will also appear on their transcripts. CAFNR will educate employers on what PTLS entails, so that they will be seeking out these graduates.

Eligibility

The 2016-17 program is for PhD students and post docs in biochemistry, bioengineering, bioinformatics, computer science, food science, mathematics, social science and plant science, or who have a faculty advisor in IPG. Other disciplines may be included upon special invitation. Preference will be given to those students who have completed one year of coursework by September 1, 2016. Foundational PTLS is a pre-requisite for Advanced PTLS.

Small group discussions with corporate executives

Small group discussions with corporate executives

Students will be selected for this program based on leadership potential, desire to participate, openness to coaching and ability to contribute to others' experience by actively sharing in the program. We are also striving to achieve a diverse class. For 2015-16, we are seeking 15 Ph.D. students who have significant potential post-MU and want to be a part of this elite experience.

How to nominate

Faculty members and advisors can nominate a student by sending the student's name, email and a brief explanation of why the student should be considered to:

Loriana will follow up with nominated students on the full application process.

Questions?

Contact Loriana Sekarski, President, BONSAI™, Loriana.Sekarski@GrowWithBONSAI.com, 314-540-6114