NRT STEM Professional Awareness, Advancement, and Development (PAAD)


The University of Arkansas has received funding from the National Science Foundation to implement the Professional Awareness, Advancement, and Development (PAAD) project. The PAAD program has been built around the concept that today’s graduate students who are obtaining degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) are likely to have a number of different STEM-related careers during their professional tenure. These STEM-related careers can include positions in academe, business and industry, start-up company development, government and public policy, and law. Each requires a diverse set of skills not necessarily taught in a traditional STEM program.

The PAAD program is an opportunity for STEM students to supplement their graduate education training with preparation in areas such as commercialization, patent law, persuasive speaking, communication, industry problem-solving, economics and policy, and intellectual property in order to prepare for a wide variety of careers and to develop a competitive edge in a global marketplace. The PAAD program is also an opportunity for faculty to build training modules for STEM students that will supplement training in these areas.

Faculty from all areas across campus are encouraged to apply or team with colleagues to provide training for one (or more) of the four key tracks. Please see the Courses and Activities link for additional details on training areas already available or in development. For a more detailed description of the program, please see the Public Abstract.


Those interested in applying can also attend informal, drop-in Q&A sessions. Registration is not required; simply log-in anytime during the sessions by using the following links:

PAAD Student Application
PAAD Faculty Fellow Application

Program Details


All UA faculty and STEM graduate students are eligible to participate.

Faculty participants receive support to create / improve a class or enrichment activity in one of four areas (Patent Law, Public Policy/Government, Business/Commercialization, and Academia Preparation).

  • PAAD Faculty Fellow for 1 year
  • Up to 1 month of summer salary
  • Travel allowance of up to $1,000
  • Materials allowance of up to $500
  • Automatic acceptance into the UA, two-day summer teaching workshop

Student participants receive professional development beyond research.

  • Access to industry, government, nonprofit leaders
  • Travel allowance of up to $1,500 for enrichment activity (conference, job fair, outreach)

 Applications for 2020 participants open March 23, 2020, and close May 22, 2020.


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