NIH Training Grant

Training Grant in Molecular and Cell Biology and Biochemistry

The multi departmental MCBGP has held a training grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) since the late 1970's. There are less than fifty NIH predoctoral training grants in Cellular, Biochemical and Molecular Biology, so this award represents strong external validation, ranking our program among the top in the country. The funding provides support for eight students per year but has greatly enhanced the activities of the MCBGP and therefore benefits all MCBGP students. Our program is administered by the National Institute and General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), which has led innovations in graduate education for many years and provides resources that allow programs to respond to new opportunities to implement best practices.

The goal of the funding provided by NIGMS is to enhance quantitative research training for a diverse group life scientists who will become leaders in the life sciences workforce. Our training grant supports students in the early years of their training and also provides opportunities for professional development, including opportunities to present research conferences at international conferences.  The NIGMS training goals have continuously promoted new initiatives within the MCBGP graduate program, including curricular innovation and implementation of strategies that integrate opportunities to explore multiple future career possibilities.