Research Training & Fellowships

BIT SURE (Biotechnology Summer Undergraduate Research Experience)

This program provides a funded summer research opportunity for undergraduate students from NC State and nationwide.

NC State Students

NC State Students: Students will engage in research under the direct mentorship of the Biotechnology Program (BIT) faculty and instructors. Applications are due in February.

NSF BIT SURE REU (Non-NC State Students, 2018-2021)

NSF REU (Non-NC State Students): Participate in a National Science Foundation-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates hosted by the NC State Biotechnology Program. Students will work directly with faculty and researchers in the biotechnology industry on research projects that span the life sciences (forensics, pest management, neuroscience, microbiology, toxicology, and more). Participants will have the opportunity to work with a faculty mentor for ten weeks. This program provides a stipend.

Molecular Biotechnology Training Program (MBTP) for Graduate Students

The MBTP is a multi-disciplinary predoctoral research training program available to Ph.D. students enrolled in relevant doctoral research programs across NC State and designed to foster training in biotechnology fields for future academic, government, and industrial researchers.  Students may be nominated for funding through an NIH T32 by named trainers on the grant. Students may also be nominated for funding with a GAANN Fellowship.

Program Description:

• Coursework: Trainees complete the Biotechnology Minor in addition to major department coursework. Students will also participate in other course requirements during the traineeship include instruction in Research Ethics, Professional Development, Rigor and Reproducibility in Research, and a Capstone Biotechnology course which offers case studies and the opportunity to work with students from different disciplines on a design project. A Research Ethics refresher course-offered online-is also required prior to graduation.

• Presentations: participate in the annual MBTP Symposium.

• Industry Rotation or Teaching Experience: Trainees funded by the NIH/NCSU grant participate in a 3 month, or longer, internship in a biotechnological industry laboratory. This experience will be arranged for by the student’s faculty advisor and approved by the MBTP Executive Committee. GAANN Fellows are required to pursue a one year teaching experience by completing the Teaching and Communication Certificate with MBTP partnership requirements or Preparing the Professoriate (PTP) through The Graduate School.

• Service Project: Trainees will propose and complete a service project that is intended to foster the development of biotechnology by encouraging this career route among K-12 or undergraduate students.

• Reports: Prepare an Individual Development Plan (IDP) and Annual Progress Reports to be reviewed annually with the faculty mentor and submitted to the program administration.

Funding Opportunities:

While any Ph.D. student can participate in the program, trainees can not apply for funding as described below; students who are eligible to receive support must be nominated by MBTP faculty.  

*NIH/NC State Molecular Biotechnology Training

*GAANN Fellowship Program in Biotechnology