MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
ARRA funds will enable the support of two new graduate students in the Chemistry/Biology interface training program (CBiTP) at MIT. The CBiTP brings together approximately 30 faculty members from the Departments of Chemistry, Biology, and Biological Engineering to train young scientists to carry out innovative research and to communicate broadly, as they apply chemical and physical principles to challenging biological problems at the molecular, cellular, organismal, and systems levels. The goal of this program is to train students to move fluidly across traditional academic boundaries, to educate them in fundamental areas of the physical and chemical sciences, and to inform them about the biological systems that can be studied with emerging physical and chemical methods. We anticipate that students educated in this program will move on to make significant contributions to research, education, and scientific policy and that many will assume leadership positions in academia and industry. The common elements of the CBiTP are designed to balance the mission of broadening the trainees' academic experience, through cross-disciplinary coursework, rotations and thesis committee membership, while at the same time providing a rigorous background in a specialized field of study. Specifically, each trainee will be required to: 1. Participate in a seminar and discussion course (Frontiers in Research at the Chemistry/Biology Interface - 12 units) in their first year at MIT; 2. Complete a total of 48 units of graded coursework (B grade or better) selected from offerings inside and outside of the parent department; 3. Participate in three laboratory rotations with at least one rotation in a research group outside parent department; 4. Establish a thesis committee that includes at least one member from outside the parent department; 5. Teach two semesters after the first year of the program; 6. Participate in cross-department seminar programs; 7. Participate in a student-run Chemistry/Biology monthly journal club; and 7. Undergo training in the responsible conduct of research. Together these experiences will enable cross-fertilization of interests and activities across departments at MIT that share common interests at the Chemistry/Biology interface and establish at the grass roots level a highly interactive community of young scholars.