NSF Grant creates Fellowship Opportunities in BCB

November 2, 2015

BCB's new Predictive Plant Phenomics Specialization

A new 5 year, $3 million NSF grant will provide funding for 7 new assistantship opportunities each year at Iowa State in BCB and several other graduate programs. BCB faculty members on the grant include Julie Dickerson, ECPE, Pat Schnable, Agronomy, and Carolyn Lawrence, GDCB.Julie Dickerson

The P3 Fellowship is available in Predictive Plant Phenomics for U.S. students and permanent residents. Several departments and programs are participating in this fellowship program, which means BCB applicants will be competing with PhD applicants to several departments and programs at Iowa State for the fellowships.  BCB's P3 Fellows will receive a degree in BCB with a specialization in Predictive Plant Phenomics.

As described by Pat Schnable in a recent informational piece, the NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) is designed to encourage the development and implementation of bold, new potentially transformative, and scalable models for STEM graduate training. One priority interdisciplinary researh theme is Data Enabled Science and Engineering (DESE).

With a growing world population and a changing climate, agricultural systems must scale and adapt to meet global needs including, but not limited to, food security. By drawing upon Engineering, Plant Sciences, and Data Sciences, new agricultural products can be developed to meet emerging needs. The specialization in Predictive Plant Phenomics will equip future researchers and developers with deep knowledge in one area coupled with a broad working knowledge of Engineering, Plant Sciences, and Data Sciences.

BCB applicants who are selected for the fellowship will be able to pursue a PhD in BCB with a Specialization in Predictive Phenomics in Plants. Course requirements for BCB students taking this specialization shadow BCB course requirements quite closely.  Additional course requirements include a P3 graduate seminar for 3 semesters, a one-time P3 Core with Lab for T-Base Common Core (under development; offered Fall 2016) and a one credit course, BRT 507 Tech-Led Entrepreneurship.

The website with more details on the research involved with this specialization is here: http://www.predictivephenomicsinplants.iastate.edu/.

Funding details

  • $34,000 stipend for first 12 months
  • Subsequent training years at laboratory assistantship rate
  • 100% tuition scholarship throughout training provided make good progress and maintain a 3.0 GPA
  • Paid Single Health Insurance while on the Fellowship or an assistantship
  • $1600 for Professional Travel available throughout training

Who is Eligible

  • US citizens, permanent residents (Green Card Holders), seeking a Ph.D.
  • Interest in plant research by biologists, statisticians, and engineers
  • Admitted by a Ph.D. graduate program
  • Women, under-represented, veterans encouraged to apply
  • Accepting Applications from Spring 2016 through Fall 2019

How to Apply for the P3 Fellowship

Apply to the BCB Ph.D. program and follow our program procedures and deadlines. Also, email p3@iastate.edu with your resume/c.v. and include a statement regarding your interest. Indicate you have applied to our BCB program.

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