Rising Second & Third Year Grad Students


EXTENDED DEADLINE: All Application materials are due to Stephanie Bergwall (bergwall@udel.edu) by midnight, Sunday, May 31, 2020.

The Chemistry Biology Interface (CBI) program admits and funds up to eight graduate students entering either the second or third year of graduate school. The students selected will be granted a one-year CBI fellowship (at NIH level, starting July 1, 2020*) and the stipend may need to be supplemented to their departmental level. The CBI program offers many benefits to the trainees including advanced rotations/internships at UD or with external organizations, additional course work or experiences that support the programs interdisciplinary mission. In order to facilitate the selection process, we are soliciting nominees who fit the following criteria:

  1. Entering the second or third year of graduate school.
  2. Currently doing research in a CBI Trainer’s Laboratory.
  3. Preference will be given to laboratories that have no current CBI Students (i.e. any student who has received funding from the CBI program (current/past)).
  4. As this is a NIH funded position, the applicant should be a US citizen or permanent resident; please discuss with the directors if you have an excellent applicant who does not fit into this category.

The following information must be submitted to Stephanie Bergwall (bergwall@udel.edu) by midnight on Sunday, May 31st:

  • An evaluation letter by the student’s dissertation adviser of the student’s academic progress, willingness to complete research at the interface of chemistry-biology (evidence can be included) and the benefit to the student for inclusion in the CBI program. The applicant’s PI should acknowledge the time commitment to CBI required such as need to attend RCR dedicated CBI workshops and Rigor and Reproducibility workshops both during and after the term of support.
  • A CV of the nominee, including a listing of publications authored or coauthored, conference presentations and other professional accomplishments, activities and honors.
  • A two-page essay by the student describing his/her academic work, impact of their study or research, career plans and desire to be in the CBI program. The essay should include how participation in CBI would broaden the graduate experience (this could include new collaborations, additional rotations at UD or travel to a collaborator’s laboratory). The description should include a list of aims/goals that the student hopes to accomplish training period.

Each CBI trainer can nominate only one CBI Fellow. The Program Directors and the CBI Executive Committee will review the applications and the advanced CBI trainees will be announced no later than June 10th. The one-year fellowship funding will begin on July 1, 2020*. The successful applicant will be expected to attend the CBI orientation and participate in the CBI Wednesday Workshops (i.e CHEM606). If you have questions about the nomination process, please contact Brian Bahnson (bahnson@udel.edu) and/or Catherine Leimkuhler Grimes (cgrimes@udel.edu).

* Due to our country’s current situation with COVID-19, labs at the University of Delaware are closed. While we anticipate that the labs will reopen by July, 2020, we cannot be certain. CBI Directors will be in communication with the CBI Community over the summer about the status of the research decisions at the University. No matter the status of the labs, CBI will be running weekly virtual seminars along with virtual orientation (if necessary) in August, 2020, and providing funding to accepted G2 and G3 students beginning July 1, 2020.

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