Goals of the Program and Rationale for the Program Organization
Predoctoral trainees will be selected from a pool of graduate students who have been recruited by the Chemistry, BMBB, Medicinal Chemistry and Microbiology Departments, at a stage in their graduate careers when their talents and motivations can be gauged by their performance in University of Minnesota coursework and their interactions with several of the faculty. Thus, trainees will generally be chosen from the pool of graduate students in participating departments at the end of their first or second year. Under unusual circumstances, new applications from students beyond their second year may be supported by the program. However, applicants beyond their second year should consult with the PI before applying.
Research Opportunities and Cross-Discipline Training
Research opportunities are available in each of 30 training faculty laboratories. Each trainee will have a research advisor in his/her major field of interest and a coadvisor in the complementary area chosen from among the members of the CBITG faculty. As an additional mechanism to ensure cross-training, the trainee will generally spend a significant period of time during their training period (i.e. ~3 months) in the laboratory of the co-advisor to learn skills in the other discipline. In other words, the trainee's project will be set up to have both chemistry and biology components, and the trainee will be involved in both aspects. Thus, trainees would not only develop skills corresponding to their natural background and interests, but also become knowledgeable and proficient in new research environments. By spending a significant amount of time in a laboratory other than that of their primary advisor, students would learn new techniques and experience first-hand the obstacles, failures, tricks, and triumphs of the ‘other half’ of the chemistry/biology interface.
Monitoring Trainee Progress