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About IQ Biology

The IQ Biology Certificate PhD Program is a stellar educational initiative sponsored by the BioFrontiers Institute of the University of Colorado. Started in 2011 and located in Boulder, CO this program is supported by an NSF IGERT award.

The IQ Biology program seeks to attract talented, diverse and curious students eager to come together to form a cohort with sufficient biological, computational, and mathematical knowledge to fully assess modern scientific problems.

IQ Biology has several students who come from diverse educational backgrounds that include but are not limited to: Biology, Biochemistry, Bioinformatics, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Computer and Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Industrial Biotechnology, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering and Physics. Many of our students have previously explored interdisciplinary learning through undergraduate minors, double majors and Master's degree programs. The diverse student backgrounds, unified by a common passion for quantitative biology, makes for a dynamic and collaborative learning environment.

"My love of teaching and lab research were the primary drivers in my decision to return to CU-Boulder.  High-impact classroom and research experiences for students can transform their careers for decades after leaving the University."  --Tom Cech, PhD, Nobel Laureate; Distinquished Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry; Director, BioFrontiers; Director, IQ Biology

Diversity is essential to the culture within the IQ Biology program: From the people in our organization, to the work we do and how we do it. Our people represent different sex, race, ethnicity, religion, disability, national origin, age and sexual orientation groups, and they are the key to creating an environment of scientific collaboration, global perspective, thoughtful interaction and societal impact.

The goals of the IQ Biology IGERT Program are to:

1.     Establish a new mechanism for interdisciplinary training at the graduate level, where students are not tracked into departments during the development of their dissertation research topic and during the formation of an interdisciplinary community.

2.     Train students in state-of-the-art quantitative methods to analyze and model complex biological problems. Students will consider scientific problems by bridging multiple interdisciplinary approaches. 

3.     Inculcate students with the vision to utilize interdisciplinary approaches and the tools of quantitative biology to address global scientific challenges. 

4.     Teach students to translate the skills they have developed into successful careers in academia, industry, education, and public service. 

5.     Recruit 6-9 students per year, focusing on achieving diverse cohorts of students. IQ Biology is committed to recruiting students from various academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds.  

6.     Retain and graduate students with Ph.D.s within five to six years.

7.     Promote transfer of skills and ideas between different disciplines by creating a broad and heterogeneous community of collaborators consisting of faculty members and students across campus and between institutions nationally and internationally.

8.     Evaluate the success of this model of interdisciplinary training and disseminate our results widely.



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