Genetic Engineering and Society IGERT PhD Graduate Program at NC State Universityare is recruiting 5-6 students to participate in a PhD graduate program.This NSF funded IGERT in Genetic Engineering and Society: The Case of Transgenic Pests is located at North Carolina State University.  They are looking for broadly interested students in the social and natural sciences

This will be IGERT’s second year. Students of the 2012 Cohort have been examining questions linked to the genetic modification of mosquitoes and the scientific, cultural and ethical ramifications this topic presents. They are excited about expanding our discussion to include questions associated with the genetic engineering of rodent species. Possible applications of these technologies include offsetting losses to crop harvests and alleviating negative impacts of invasive rodent species on the biodiversity of island ecosystems. As in the past, the students of the 2013 Cohort will explore the social, ethical, and ecological consequences of current pest control techniques, as well as those associated with a genetically engineered approach.

They are looking for excellent students who are interested in pursuing an interdisciplinary approach to their graduate training.  Students may have majored in humanities, mathematics, or a social/natural science, and should be seeking broad and rigorous graduate training across these areas. We welcome students who have a Master’s degree specializing in one of these areas and want strong interdisciplinary training at the doctoral level.

Students who participate in the program will receive a PhD in a home doctoral program and a graduate minor in Genetic Engineering and Society. The minor will include four courses, one of which will be taught in Latin America. In addition to full fellowships ($30,000 per year), funds are available forinternational internships.

Please visit their website for more details on the program, including a list of participating faculty:http://GeneticEngSoc.ncsu.edu/.  In addition to contacting potential faculty mentors, prospective students are encouraged to email questions to: GES_GPM@ncsu.edu.



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