Application

Eligibility Requirements and Application for Participation in the Program:

Biotechnology Trainee Program (BTP) and Cluster (see below) candidates will be typically considered during the spring of their first or second academic year. Students should indicate their interest for this program as soon as possible during their first or second year of graduate study at Northwestern.

The eligibility requirements for this program are as follows:

  • Trainees must be enrolled full time within (or admitted to) one of the participating departments at Northwestern University. Normally, Trainees will participate in the second and third years of their Ph.D. program. Cluster members will be considered from any biotechnology-related NU PhD program.
  • Trainees must be a citizen, non-citizen national, or a permanent resident of the United States. Foreign non-US resident students may apply, are most welcome to participate in all aspects of the Biotechnology Training Program (BTP), and may be supported as Cluster members, but are not eligible for support by the program as Trainees.
  • Trainees, but not Cluster members, must have completed two research rotations before selecting a PhD advisor. Non-IBiS students must submit their rotation form together with their application.
  • The student must have an outstanding undergraduate and (if applicable) graduate academic record as evidenced by the cumulative grade point average, as well as excellent scores on the verbal, quantitative, and analytic portions of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
  • A Trainee must have as his/her major advisor one of the faculty preceptors. If your advisor is not currently a preceptor of the program, he/she may petition to become one. Students who are interested in the BTP and who have not yet applied for a graduate program at the University should contact Professor William Miller, Professor Joshua Leonard or Professor Eric L Weiss, the program co-directors, regarding which graduate programs would be appropriate choices for their admission to the University. First year graduate students in participating departments may contact faculty preceptors in their departments.

Students who are interested in the BTP and have not yet applied for a graduate program at the university should contact Professor William Miller, Professor Joshua Leonard, or Professor Eric L Weiss, the program co-directors, regarding which graduate programs would be appropriate choices for their admission to the University. First year graduate students in participating departments may contact faculty preceptors in their departments.

Biotechnology Cluster:

The Biotechnology Cluster is a parallel program to the Biotechnology Training Grant that is sponsored by the Graduate School (TGS) and is open to all graduate students at Northwestern University. Additionally, the Cluster has no citizenship or residency requirements. The Cluster offers 1-year appointments with six months of support by TGS.

Appointees of the Cluster must fulfill the requirements of the BTP with the exception of the internship:

  • Biology Courses (Any two of the following): IBiS 402 Molecular Biology, IBiS 403 Proteomics, IBiS 404 Systems Biology, IBiS 406 Cell Biology, or IBiS 410 Quantitative Biology
  • Responsible Conduct of Research (Any one of the following): IBiS 423 (Ethics in Biological Research), GEN ENG 519 (Responsible Conduct of Research), or CHEM 519 (Responsible Conduct of Research Training)
  • Advances in Biotechnology (ChBE 478)
  • Three elective courses. (Please note that this list is not exhaustive).

Additional opportunities for Biotechnology training include:

  • Participation and organization of a Biotechnology Practicum
  • Participation in the annual IBiS 2-day graduate program/faculty retreat
  • The Biotechnology, Systems, and Synthetic Biology Cluster Program sponsored by The Graduate School

Completing these requirements qualifies students to receive a TGS Biotechnology Certificate.

The application process for the Biotechnology Training and Cluster programs is the same. Applicants who also wish to be considered for the Cluster may submit one application for both programs.

Program applications are due on July 1, 2018, 11:59PM and must include:

  • A 3-page (maximum) statement discussing the motivation for participating in the Biotechnology Training Program, goals of the PhD research, and how the trainee will meet the program requirements (including courses and Industrial internships).
  • A copy of the applicant’s research rotation report (not required for IBiS students or Cluster applicants).
  • A copy of the student's undergraduate and graduate transcripts (copies of transcripts already submitted to the home department are sufficient).
  • A letter of support from the applicant’s advisor (this will be uploaded by the advisor directly into the application).
  • GRE scores (copies of scores submitted to home department are sufficient).
  • A short CV, including honors, presentations, research experience, publications, etc.

Apply online at: trp-application.mccormick.northwestern.edu