NIH Training Grant in Molecular and Cell Biology and Biochemistry
The multidepartmental graduate program in Molecular Biology, Cell Biology and Biochemistry (MCB) has held a predoctoral training grant from NIH/NIGMS for more than 34 years. Nationwide, there are less than fifty NIH predoctoral training grants in Cellular, Biochemical and Molecular Biology, and this prestigious award is an external seal of approval, ranking our program among the top in the country. The funding afforded by the training grant for 8 trainees per year has greatly enhanced the activities of the entire MCB graduate program as a whole, benefiting all MCB graduate students.
The goal of the funding provided by NIGMS is to enhance the research training of scientists, to enhance the diversity of the scientific workforce and develop research capacities throughout the country. Our training grant supports students in the early years of graduate training. The grant also provides travel awards to supplement other sources of funds to allow students to participate in national and international scientific meetings. It helps to support the MCB graduate program seminar series, allowing us to attract outstanding scientists from across the country to come to Brown to share their work with our students. The NIGMS training goals have continuously promoted new initiatives within the MCB graduate program, including recent curricular development and implementation of individual development plans (IDPs) to encourage our students to think about their own goals and structure their training program to maximize their success. The training grant has also informed our recruiting and admissions practices to attract the most promising students to the MCB Graduate Program.