Individual Development Plan (IDP)

Beginning Spring 2015, NTP students are required to have an Individual Development Plan (IDP). An IDP is a planning tool designed to help students identify annual progress, professional development needs, and career objectives. The IDP also serves as a communication tool between students, their mentor, and the advisory committee. The responsibility for writing, maintaining, and implementing the plan belongs to the mentee, although conversations with and feedback from the mentor(s) and advisory committee are essential. Students will document their engagement with the IDP on the Certification Forms and Advisory Committee Reports submitted to the NTP Office.

There are tools and resources available for the IDP at the UW-Madison Graduate School’s website: There are several IDP templates available. NTP strongly encourages all students to utilize the American Association for the Advancement of Science's (AAAS) Individual Development Plan web-based template: