Professional Scientist Preparation Program
What is PSP2?
The Professional Scientist Preparation Program (PSP2) is designed to prepare students in the Maricopa Community Colleges for application to professional school in the health and science occupations including but not limited to: medical doctor (MD/DO), pharmacist, physician's assistant, dentist, physical therapist, research scientist, etc.
Who can participate?
Any community college student who:
Is interested in a career in the sciences
Has a minimum college GPA of 3.2
Has completed at least 8 credit hours in college level lab science
Why should I apply?
Participants who participate in all PSP2 activities and successfully complete the program:
May increase their chances of being admitted to professional school
Receive individualized educational and career mentoring from outstanding PVCC faculty
Have an increased awareness of resources and information related to their goals and career choice
Where do I apply?
Click here to download the PSPP application form.
When is the application due?
The application deadline for the Spring 2016-Fall 2016 cycle is Friday, February 19, 2016.
How does the program work?
Once selected, students complete a series of activities designed to prepare them for successful admission to professional schools, including:
Career testing and counseling
Personal statement writing workshop
Interview skills workshops
Mock interviews for professional school
Identification of scholarship resources
When do activities take place?
Students selected for the program attend an orientation in the Spring and participate in a number of workshops/activities during the late spring and early fall semesters. For a schedule of events, see below.
Where are activities held?
All sessions are held at PVCC main campus.
How much does it cost?
Attendance is free to Maricopa Community College students. Reasonable costs are assessed for career testing.
How can I learn more about PSP2?
For further information contact Dr. Scott Massey, Science Division Chair at (602) 787-6644 or email@example.com.
Spring 2016 Schedule of Events:
Listed below is the schedule of events for the Spring 2016 semester:
Friday, March 4, 2016, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM, Orientation and Critical Thinking Workshop Part I (located in room LS-206)
Friday, March 25, 2016, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM, Critical Thinking Workshop Part II (located in room TBD)
Friday, April 15, 2016, Critical Thinking Essay Due Date (no meeting)
Friday, April 22, 2016, Occupational Profile Due Date
Friday, April 22, 2016, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM, Personal Statement Workshop (located in room TBD)
Fall 2016 Schedule of Events:
Listed below is the schedule of events for the Fall 2016 semester:
Friday, September 9, 2016, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM, Interviewing for Professional School/Midwestern Representative (located in room TBD)
Friday, September 16, 2016, Time TBD, Mock Interviews (located in room LS-Conference Room)
Friday, September 23, 2016, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM, Mock Interviews-Critique (located in room LS-206)
Friday, September 30, 2016, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM, Personal Statement Workshop (Repeat session for those who could not attend the workshop on April 22, 2016) (located in room TBD)
PSP2 Committee Members:
Dr. Scott Massey
Science Division, Chemistry Faculty & Science Division Chair
Dr. Casey Durandet
Science Division, Physics Faculty
Dr. Harry Birkmann
Science Division, Geology Faculty
Prof. Paul Cornell
Mathematics Division, Mathematics Faculty
Prof. Renee Cornell
English Division, English Faculty
Dr. Marianne Roccaforte
Counseling Division, Counseling Faculty
Prof. Jennifer Weitz
Science Division, Astronomy Faculty
2016 PSP2 Students:
Marian Assad, Pre-Pharm
Shannon Hogan, Molecular Biology Research
2015 PSP2 Students:
Caleb Case "PSP2 and its staff provides priceless preparation and support, giving its members the tools and ability to showcase their academic and social strengths when it counts."
What Some Former PSP2 Students are Doing:
Asal Abdulahad - Midwestern University - Pharmacist, Walgreens
Athena Parmenter - Midwestern University - Pharmacist, Women's International Pharmacy
Cayman Martin - Chief Scribe at Scribe America
Chad Wahlgren - University of Colorado Health Sciences - Pharmacist, Walgreens
Chris Simopoulos - Southern CA School of Optometry - Optometrist
Daniel Linville - Regis University, Pharm D - Graduate Intern at CVS
Devin Cameron - University of Arizona - Pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Astrophysics
Eara Betts Gonclaves - Catholic University of America - Pursuing Master's degree in Library Science
Emily Hanka - Pre-Med at University of Arizona
Inna Arzumanova - Midwestern University
Jacquelyn Howe - Midwestern University - Independent Contractor, Pharmacist, Clinical Pharmacist
Jena Cross - Midwestern University
Jill Berger - University of Arizona - Emergency Physician Scribe
Joseph Kelly - ASU, BS Genetics, Cell/Dev Bio - Day Trader/Uber Driver
Marjan Behbahani - Pharmacist, CVS
Mark Gravill - Electrician, Wilson Electric Services Corp.
Matt Gamber - Midwestern University - Pharmacist, CVS
Mehal Shah - Sullivan University - Pharmacist, Fry's
Michelle Sachau - University of Phoenix - District Manager, Hi-Health Corp.
Robert Boehland - Palmer College of Chiropractic - Dr. of Chiropractic at his own practice, Cornerstone Family Chiropractic in Prescott
Sarah Hoffman - Ohio University - Registered Nurse, Abrazo Health
Sarah Kalkbrenner - A.T. Still University of Health Sciences - Physician Assistant, Banner Pediatric Specialists
Soureth Rayis - CA North State U of Pharmacy
Stephanie Harris - University of Phoenix - Advisor, Network Account Management at CVS
Yulia Streltsova - ASU-Chemical Engineering - Undergrad Researcher