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National Science Foundation (NSF) Integrative Graduate Education and Research Training (IGERT) Fellowships


"IGERT is the National Science Foundation's flagship interdisciplinary training program, educating U.S. Ph.D. scientists and engineers by building on the foundations of their disciplinary knowledge with interdisciplinary training." Below is a list of currently active IGERT projects at UCSD. Students interested in obtaining funding from one of these groups should contact the individual IGERT project’s staff directly.

Training, Research and Education in Engineering for Cultural Heritage Diagnostics (TEECH)

In October 2010 the National Science Foundation’s Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) program funded a University of California, San Diego project for Training, Research and Education in Engineering for Cultural Heritage Diagnostics (TEECH). With field sites in Italy, Jordan and Mongolia, the program will allow more than 40 Ph.D. students over five years to participate in interdisciplinary research and development of advanced imaging, information and visualization technologies to diagnose, monitor and safeguard great works of art, historic monuments and archaeological artifacts. IGERT graduate students primarily come from structural engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, anthropology and materials science, and they collaborate with students from art history and other fields of the arts and humanities. The international IGERT-TEECH program is carried out through the UCSD Center of Interdisciplinary Science for Art, Architecture and Archaeology (CISA3), based in the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2).

IGERT Plant Systems Biology Fellowship

This entirely new interdisciplinary training program funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation will train students with different backgrounds at the interface of systems modeling, computational genomics and plant sciences and will position our Ph.D. students at the frontier of systems biology. The program will include focused mentoring of each student in two labs by two advisors from distinct disciplines. An entirely new focused graduate curriculum, made possible through new faculty recruitments, will be offered. Our proposed Professionals Preparation Program will further enable students to expertly prepare for emerging industry and academic career requirements through courses and practical experience in professional speaking, ethics, biotechnology business issues and academic career preparation. A biotechnology industry internship will be made available and will draw upon the dynamic biotechnology arena in San Diego.

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