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.
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
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
The application deadline for the Spring 2019-Fall 2019 cycle is Friday, March 1, 2019.
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
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.
All sessions are held at PVCC main campus.
Attendance is free to Maricopa Community College students. Reasonable costs are assessed for career testing.
For further information contact Dr. Scott Massey, Science Division Chair at (602) 787-6644 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Listed below is the schedule of events for the Spring 2019 semester:
Friday, March 22, 2019, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM, Orientation and Critical Thinking Workshop Part I (located in room LS-206)
Friday, March 29, 2019, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM, Critical Thinking Workshop Part II (located in room LS-206)
Friday, April 12, 2019, Critical Thinking Essay Due
Friday, April 12, 2019, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM, First Personal Statement Workshop (located in room M-101)
Friday, April 19, 2019, Occupational Profile Essay Due
Listed below is the schedule of events for the Fall 2019 semester:
Friday, September 6, 2019, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM, Second Personal Statement Workshop (located in room TBA)
Friday, September 13, 2019, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM, Interviewing for Professional School/Midwestern Representative (located in room LS-206)
Friday, September 20, 2019, Time TBD, Mock Interviews (located in room LS-Conference Room)
Friday, October 4, 2019, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM, Mock Interviews-Critique (located in room LS-206)
Dr. Harry Birkmann
Science Division, Geology Faculty
Dr. Norma Chandler
Dr. Diane Chapman
Counseling Division, Counseling Faculty
Prof. Paul Cornell
Mathematics Division, Mathematics Faculty
Prof. Renee Cornell
English Division, English Faculty
Dr. Casey Durandet
Science Division, Physics Faculty
Dr. Scott Massey
Science Division, Chemistry Faculty & Science Division Chair
Dr. Linda Stearns
Science Division, Chemistry Faculty
Prof. Jennifer Weitz
Science Division, Astronomy Faculty
Anna Barbaric, Kinesiology
Maria Del Socorro Leon Pena, Medical Doctor/Pediatrician
Malikah Fernandez, Physical Therapy
Paige Kammeyer, Medical Doctor
Ingrid R. Mejia, Medical Doctor
Rita Oliverius, Dentist
Kayla Pabon, Research Scientist
Thao Phan, Medical Doctor
Brendon Rammell, Physical Therapy
Sonia Yu, Medical Doctor
Joylet Zuniga, Medical Doctor/Surgeon
Marian Assad, Pre-Pharm
Shannon Hogan, Molecular Biology Research
"Applying to a professional program such as dentistry is a very competitive process. I joined the Professional Scientists Preparation Program before applying to dental school to build my application and gain insight into the application process. The program brings together other students that are applying for professional programs with faculty across all the different departments at Paradise Valley Community College. They worked with me on a range of topics from critical thinking exercises about ethical issues in my field to helping me prepare my personal statement.
"As part of the program I wrote a career profile reflecting on why I wanted to be a dentist. I examined my career choice and planned all the steps I would need to complete before applying to dental school. Another part of the program was to write a persuasive paper on an ethical topic in my field. This assignment exposed me to the types of issues that would be discussed in dental school and my career.
"One of the most memorable moments I have was participating in a mock dental school interview. Not only was I able to practice answering questions that I would be asked in my dental school interview but I was later able to watch my videotaped interview with students in the program. Hearing their feedback helped me to improve my answers and interviewing techniques before it was time for the real interview.
"The personal statement I wrote for the personal statement workshop was the statement that I submitted with my dental school application. It was helpful to learn strategies to set my statement apart from all the other statements that admissions committees receive. The faculty resources in the program took the time to offer feedback on my personal statement so that the final draft I submitted was reflective of my goal to be a dentist.
"The students and the faculty in the program are dedicated to helping you succeed. It was a tremendous opportunity to be a part of the program and I’m grateful for all the encouragement I received."
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