1. To be eligible to apply, students must be US citizens or green card holders,
  2. Be enrolled in a Ph.D. program and performing their thesis research at the molecular and cellular level in a Trainers lab 
  3. Be in their first year of graduate school at the time of applying.

Application Timeline

  1. Application details with the URL to submit the application are sent to Program Trainers in early April. Please note that  application details are not sent to the students. It is the Trainers responsibility to forward the application materials to first year graduate students in their lab.
  2. Application deadline is in the first week of May.
  3. Program Interviews take place in the last week of May.
  4. Trainees who are selected are announced by the second week of June.

Application materials

A complete application includes general details and research proposal. Details include career goals, progress on the project to date, statement of personal research experience including all undergraduate and postgraduate experience, undergraduate and graduate academic records, GRE scores, personal statement, and a recommendation letter from the Trainer.

All applicants will be interviewed by the Training Program Executive Committee members and other selected Trainers during the last week of May. For the interview, applicants are expected to give a 10 minute whiteboard talk on their research proposal that conveys the significance of their project, discuss their hypotheses, and cover their experimental approach. Applicants should also be prepared to talk about their undergraduate research experience. Trainee selection is based on the entire application and interview process.

Program Responsibilities

  • attend and participate in weekly Wednesday lunch seminars ( BCB 298) from 12 - 1.30 PM over the entire academic year. These sessions include chalk – talk presentations by each Trainee as well as nanocourses and quantitative training sessions by program faculty.
  • attend and give a research talk presentation at the annual retreat.
  • attend and participate in techniques workshops.
  • participate in career development luncheons during the academic year.
  • participate, invite and host outside Seminar Speakers once a year as part of Joint Seminar Series in molecular biology.
  • develop and follow an Individual Development Plan. Includes annual updates, and annual discussions of this plan with their Trainer/Thesis advisor and with one of the Program executive committee members.
  • complete training in the responsible conduct of research.

Note that these responsibilities continue until the completion of a Trainee’s PhD.