Genetics & Genomics Scholars

The Genetics and Genomics Scholars program prepares future scientists for cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research across the life sciences.

The Genetics and Genomics (GG) Scholars umbrella program is built on the philosophy that the exploration of genes and genomes informs all fields of biology. The GG Scholars program is open to any Fall-term incoming PhD students.  Incoming GG Scholars are able to explore a variety of life sciences graduate programs at NC State University during their first year and have the opportunity to expand their training and research capabilities.

The GG Scholars are a strong, cohort-based graduate community representing excellence in education and research. Cultural and scientific diversity is key to the GG Scholars program, and applications are encouraged from students identifying with groups typically underrepresented in STEM fields. GG Scholars are awarded competitive one-year graduate fellowships covering stipend, tuition, and benefits. After their first year, GG Scholars are supported by research and/or teaching assistantships.

GG Scholars will engage in a one-year innovative, project-based curriculum that integrates foundational conceptual training in genetics and genome-scale techniques with big data analysis and professional development. Beyond the first year, the Genetics & Genomics Academy (GGA) provides GG Scholars with a strong community of scientists conducting a broad range of basic and applied research. Throughout their PhD, GG Scholars have opportunities for professional development, including a world-class GGA Seminar Series, interactions with GGA Research Interest Groups, and a network of partnerships at the University and beyond to support careers in research, education, outreach, policy, and industry. Students who complete the curriculum are also awarded a Graduate Minor in Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Genetics & Genomics (IPGG). This minor is also open to graduate students in the affiliated programs as well.

GG Scholars benefit from:
  • A vibrant cohort-focused graduate community
  • Innovative training and professional development
  • Research mentors from over 150 university faculty spanning 27 departments and 6 colleges
  • State-of-the-art facilities
  • Financial support provided, including tuition and benefits
  • Diverse career support via network of industry partners and programs in education and policy

Through the GGS, I have met an amazing cohort of students, gained an invaluable support system in grad school, and learned so much more about genetics; I am so grateful for the opportunities this program has provided me with.

Emma Vtipil, 2020 GG Scholar (Plant Biology)

The GGS program truly feels like a family-from the interview process to being integrated into the program, the faculty & my fellow cohort always offer support when needed and have made me feel welcomed. It is rare to find an environment this inclusive and supportive.

Felicia Shepard, 2020 GG Scholar (Genetics)

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Admissions and Funding

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Affiliated Graduate Programs

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GG Scholars Curriculum

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Graduate Student Resources

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