The BioFrontiers Institute’s Interdisciplinary Quantitative Biology Certificate Ph.D. (IQ Biology) program was awarded a $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation’s Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) program. These funds will be utilized over the next five years to support IQ Biology students in their work toward advanced interdisciplinary degrees in the biosciences. BioFrontiers will use this funding to provide up to 12 students per year with full stipend and tuition support.
IGERT is the National Science Foundation’s flagship interdisciplinary training program, educating U.S. Ph.D. scientists and engineers by building upon their disciplinary knowledge with interdisciplinary training. One of the goals of the IGERT program is to give students the personal and professional skills to succeed in 21st century careers.
Preparing our students to lead at the beginning of this golden age for data-driven bioscience is a primary goal of the the IQ Biology program. By providing students with biological knowledge, mathematical skills and computational savvy students will gain the ability to navigate mountains of data for meaning and real-world solutions.
“The IGERT grant will allow us to expand our IQ Biology program beyond the successful foundation we have already built,” said BioFrontiers Director Tom Cech. “It is imperative that we train students to go beyond the limits of their academic departments and explore other research areas to develop solutions. The IGERT grant is giving us the resources to continue this program and confirms our belief that interdisciplinary education is a valuable component in training our future educators, scientists and engineers.”