Stanford Biology Professor Patricia Jones with student

IDP Forms and Documentation

Three Individual Development Plan forms for students in different years have been carefully developed after several rounds of faculty and student input. Students download the appropriate form, fill it out on their local computer, and use it to guide their annual planning/mentoring meeting. Ideally you would share the completed form with your advisor before or during your meeting.

Download IDP Forms

Key Sections Download the IDP Year 1 PDF(2 pages) Download the IDP Year 2 PDF(5 pages) Download the IDP Years 3-5 PDF(5 pages) Notes
Student/ Advisor Responsibilities      
Research Progress   Mix of open-ended questions and checklists to help students reflect on their progress and goals
Development Activities  
Academic/ Professional Skills
Training and Mentoring
Action Plan To be filled out together by student and advisor. Includes takeaways and next steps for the student.

Verify the IDP Meeting

All Biosciences PhD candidates and advisors are expected to verify by August 1 each year that they met to review and discuss the IDP form. This verification step provides an auditable paper trail ensuring that all Bioscience students and advisors have at least one mentoring meeting per year that focuses on academic/professional development, in compliance with NIH policy.

  • Students will initiate the meeting verification via this online form.
  • Advisors will complete the meeting verification by responding to a confirmation email.
  • Only the date of the meeting is recorded; your IDP and discussions with your mentor remain private between you and your advisor.

Completing the IDP

  1. Download Your IDP Form
  2. Fill out the form on your computer
  3. Bring the form to the meeting with your advisor, completing the Action Plan for the next year
  4. Verify your IDP meeting online

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