MBTG Program Application

The Application for 2017/18 is now closed. Please check back in Spring 2018 for the next application cycle.

Selection and Appointment of Trainees

Student trainees for the Molecular Biophysics Training Grant will be selected by the Steering Committee from the eligible students nominated by the participating faculty. Students will typically be selected after their first year of graduate studies. Students will be selected on the basis of their qualifications and on their research proposal. Each will be required to fulfill the criteria that we feel are essential for developing a strong, broadly based focus in molecular biophysics. Students will be supported for up to three years. If funding is terminated before the completion of their degree, the students will be encouraged to continue participating actively in the activities of the training program.

Research

Students nominated for this training program must be engaged in molecular biophysics research or must have identified a dissertation topic in the general area of molecular biophysics under a participating faculty member. The nomination of the student must be endorsed by the faculty member in whose laboratory the research training will be conducted. In selecting the trainees, the Steering Committee will also try to have broad representation from the various disciplines and participating departments and faculty members.

Coursework

Each student must complete a set of core courses and electives. We feel it is important for our trainees to have breadth in their exposure to molecular biophysics. The Steering Committee will work with each student to make certain they fulfill the requirements. The Steering Committee will meet with each student to evaluate and guide their curriculum to make certain that they comply with our requirements.

Scientific Ethics

Although all graduate students at UCSD are encouraged to take a 1 unit course on scientific ethics, the NIH REQUIRES all students supported on the training grant do so. Currently, UCSD offers several courses which satisfy this requirement: You are strongly encouraged to take one of the courses in which you meet and discuss topics with other students. These courses can be found at http://ethics.ucsd.edu/courses/index.html.

Funding

Students will be funded for one to three years. Funding is renewable on a yearly basis typically for a total of two years, but occasionally up to 3 years. Each trainee must submit a written summary of their progress each year. Funding beyond a three-year period is, in general, derived from the research grant of the faculty member. Trainees are required to submit a renewal application for each additional year of funding. The Steering Committee will evaluate each student's progress annually on the basis of a written report from the student and a written evaluation from their advisor.

Application Questions

Contact Asmaa Khatib
(858) 534-2263
akhatib@ucsd.edu