Molecular Biotechnology Training Program
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. Any doctoral student with an interest in molecular biotechnology can participate in this program.
• 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 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 two-semester supervised teaching experience during their doctoral program, preferably during the period supported by the Fellowship. Please review the MBTP-GAANN Requirements for options for completing this requirement.
• 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.
Support for two years of graduate study may be available for eligible students through nomination and a selection committee. While any Ph.D. student can participate in the program elements, trainees can not apply directly for funding. Students who are eligible to receive support must be nominated by faculty.