The unique feature of the NBFP is that all Fellows will learn and apply systems biology techniques to improve animal, plant or food production in a multidisciplinary New Biology framework. The novel integration of teaching, research and public engagement activities will further enrich the Fellows academic experiences. Innovative exposure of the Fellows to professional and leadership development opportunities and communication of their experiences at meetings and to a wider audience through the extension and private sector internships will also hone the Fellows' decision making (critical thinking and problem solving) skills.
The New Biology Graduate Fellows Program enhances or supplements a candidate degree that is grant by the graduate student's department. The Steering Committee will review the course work proposed by the Fellow in consultation with the Faculty mentors.
Each Fellow will gain competencies in
Fellows will develop communication, leadership, professional and decision-making skills through:
The Fellows will complete all or most of the courses during the initial academic semesters leaving the remainder for thesis research and writing, teaching and public engagement. The Fellows will complete the required course-work, pass a preliminary examination (Ph.D. only) and a thesis defense administered by a committee, in fulfillment of departmental requirements. The thesis committee must include one member of the NBFP steering committee.
At graduation, the New Biology Fellows will have multidisciplinary expertise in animal, plant, or food sciences, statistics or computer sciences or informatics, and systems biology or bioinformatics. In addition to a graduate degree in their home department, Fellows will be encouraged to pursue collateral specializations (e.g., Leadership Certificate,Teacher Certificate, Illinois Certificate in Business Administration for Scientists, M. Sc. in Applied Statistics).