Dear Colleagues and Prospective Students,
We are excited to post the prestigious IGERT fellowship opportunities that
are available for the qualified students who are interested in Plant Biology
and multidisciplinary research. Below describes briefly the
IGERT-Biotechnology program (http://www.che.udel.edu/igert/faculty.html) at
the University of Delaware. Students seeking for new challenges and advanced
plant research environment are highly encouraged to immediately apply to be
considered for the 2006 admission. Your time and consideration in
circulating this message is greatly appreciated.
Those who are interested in knowing more about the program or applying may
contact Dr. Jung-Youn Lee at lee at dbi.udel.edu.
Jung-Youn Lee, PhD
<http://www.dbi.udel.edu/> Delaware Biotechnology Institute
<http://www.udel.edu/> University of Delaware
Newark, DE 19711
Vision Statement: Our goal is to develop a program that creates new
scientists who not only excel in leading-edge protein science and
technology, but who also are well equipped to work and solve problems
collaboratively across multiple disciplines; have value for divers views and
people understand how their training can impact the world as either academic
or industrial professionals A multidisciplinary graduate program in
biotechnology at the University of Delaware has been initiated in the year
2002 to grow to 70 graduate students, including doctoral students in science
and engineering, as well as MBA students. Thirty-two University of Delaware
faculty from four Colleges and six Departments are participating. This
program is supported by a diverse local biotechnology industry from
incubating startups to large global companies. The program links these
research groups to form a network of university and industrial collaborators
having complementary expertise. The research projects are collaborative
across disciplines and are synergistic, spanning topics that include living
cells, new tools, and synthetic materials.
The educational program focuses on adding to a strong academic experience
the additional features of workforce skills, career guidance, and
collaboration between business and technical students. The program
introduces a new course, "Multidisciplinary Teamwork in Research", that
includes scientists, engineers and MBA students. This course brings
industrial speakers into the classroom to discuss unmet challenges that need
to be addressed by research, brings social scientists in to train students
in teamwork and diversity. The course includes training in writing and oral
presentations, and experience in working creatively on problems in teams
that include science, engineering and business students. The educational
program also features laboratory experience in other departments, industrial
internships, attending conferences, presenting posters, an industrial
mentoring program, supervision of undergraduate researchers, and attending
seminars by leaders in bioethics.
Research on biotechnology is an inherently multidisciplinary enterprise that
is also driving rapid change and growth across many types of companies. The
goal of this IGERT is to create a new model for graduate education, in which
students will learn how to pool the knowledge of different scientific,
engineering and business disciplines, and different social diverse groups to
achieve creative and productive collaborations. Students will understand
their research in a larger perspective to include its impact on academic,
industrial and social environments.
The activities of IGERT:
A 3-credit course entitled "Multidisciplinary Teamwork in Biotechnology".
This is the centerpiece of the curriculum, and we have students take it in
their first semester. Industrial leaders come to the classroom to discuss
with students what the current technological issues are in the world of
biotechnology, including technological hurdles, scientific and engineering
challenges, and business and societal considerations. There is also ethics
instruction, and training in oral and written presentations. The course
includes students from across all science and engineering disciplines
together, plus entrepreneurial MBA students. Teamwork training is used to
teach how to function productively and creatively in diverse
multidisciplinary teams comprised by students in the course.
Your Ph.D. thesis project with your major professor in your Ph.D. granting
department will be deliberately collaborative with a research group in
another department, and the professor in charge of that group will be a
co-advisor. You will spend 6 weeks working in that lab during your initial
training period. Subsequently, you will have access to their facilities,
attend their group meetings, and you will learn how they do research.
You will have at least a 6-week practical experience to be designed in
consultation with your major professor. Practical experience could entail
work in an industrial or national lab, a hospital or clinical lab, or a
The IGERT students get to choose, invite and host seminar speakers on
whatever topic students want to hear about, including technical issues,
bioethics, career advancement, government policy, etc.
There is an annual poster session for IGERT students to present their
research to each other, the faculty, and scientists and engineers from
industrial, hospital and government entities.
Each IGERT student will be provided with funding to travel to a conference.