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IQ Biology students embark on an interdisciplinary adventure

IQ Biology students embark on an interdisciplinary adventure

IQ Biology student, Nora Connor, listens to Rob Knight discuss the work going on in his lab. The students will complete lab rotations with IQ Biology faculty members.

CU-Boulder's first class of IQ Biology students hits the books

 

The end of August marks the beginning of the school year at CU-Boulder. This year also saw the entrance of the first multidisciplinary bioscience students in the university’s history.

Ten new graduate students began pursuing their PhDs as part of CIMB’s IQ Biology program this year. A few of them were already attending CU, and the rest came from other states, and even Puerto Rico, seeking faculty skilled in teaching across disciplines; to be mentored by biotech industry leaders; and to become a part of a new student community that refuses to be fenced in by academic boundaries.

“This program is new to me, and new to the world. The students here span an incredible background and experience,” says CIMB Director and IQ Biology faculty member, Tom Cech. “They are here, not just to sit in a course and learn the material, but to learn to solve diverse problems and build a community.”

The IQ Biology program connects eight departments across the CU-Boulder campus, allowing students to participate in research going on outside their specific PhD focus. Students receive additional coursework from the IQ Biology faculty including courses on ethics, math and computing. The program also provides networking and mentoring from industry leaders and internship opportunities.

For more information on the IQ Biology program for graduate education, visit the website:

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