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Dagmar Beck receives 2013 NPSMA Board of Director’s Award

NPSMA AwardDagmar Beck, director of the Professional Master’s Program at Rice University, received the National Professional Science Master’s Association (NPSMA) Board of Director’s Award at their annual conference in November.

This award is given for outstanding contributions by a program director for having undertaken innovative steps in curriculum development and course offerings, and for their years of participation, service and support to the NPSMA membership.

Beck has been director of the Professional Science Master’s Program at Rice since 2008. Since assuming leadership of the program, Beck has helped to enhance the original three tracks — environmental analysis and decision-making, nanoscale physics and subsurface geoscience — and has helped to develop two new tracks of study now being offered — bioscience and health policy and space studies. Unlike traditional master's degrees, these degrees combine an interdisciplinary curriculum with business training and hands-on experience, enabling graduates to acquire a new "tool-set" for success in the business environment.

This fall, Beck has also taken on leadership of the Engineering Master’s program. The School of Engineering is aiming to improve the experience of students enrolled in the professional master’s track by providing enhanced services for these students, building a community within the school of engineering, as well as seeking new avenues of publicizing the program to attract more highly qualified students to its applicant pool.