Systems Biology of Cells in Engineered Environments

An NSF IGERT Program at the University of Delaware


What's special about an IGERT education? Why would I want to be an IGERT student?
IGERT programs focus on problem-centered training, delimited not by the boundaries of an academic discipline, but by the demands of solving a problem. IGERT programs combine interdisciplinary science with practical experience, giving their students deep knowledge in their disciplines as well as a combination of technical, professional and personal skills that enables them to be leaders and creative agents for change in their fields. Other benefits include-

  • A sizeable stipend
  • Internships in industry and government
  • Work with similar-minded graduate students from different disciplines on similar research topics
  • Great post-IGERT career and employment options

Do the IGERT requirements present any conflict with departmental requirements?

No. IGERT trainees do have some additional course requirements and assigned research compared to other students in their home departments, but they do not conflict with home department requirements.

What is required to apply to the SBE2 program?
You must...

  1. Apply and be admitted into a doctoral program (NSF requirement) at the University of Delaware
  2. Have an advisor willing to endorse your application;
  3. Complete the application as described at

My graduate program doesn't assign advisors until the second year. What do I

In some fields, it's essential to identify an advisor at the time of application. In others, advisors aren't designated until later...but even in these situations, most faculty still are willing to discuss being your prospective advisor. So, contact faculty with whom you'd like to study and discuss with him/her whether you'd be a good fit for their research group and for SBE2 IGERT program.

Do I have to be funded by an IGERT traineeship to participate in this program?
No. All of the program elements are open to all graduate students; however, the IGERT traineeships are only available to Ph.D. students who are U.S. residents. A limited number of these traineeships are available each year, and they are highly competitive. Additional graduate funding may be available via other grants and assistantships. Students participating in the SBE2 program, but are not funded on a traineeship, are considered IGERT Associates.

What is the difference between Trainees and Associates?

An IGERT Trainee is a Ph.D. student who receives an IGERT traineeship. IGERT Trainees participate in all of the program elements in the SBE2 program in addition to fulfilling any other departmental requirements necessary to attain their Ph.D. degree. An IGERT Associate is a graduate student who participates in the SBE2 program elements but does not receive funding via an IGERT-traineeship.

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