Navigation Links
UT Knoxville wins 2 $3M National Science Foundation research and education grants

KNOXVILLE -- Two research groups from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, have won $3 million grants from the National Science Foundation to create new graduate research and education programs designed to train tomorrow's top scientists.

The grants, called Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeships, or IGERTs, will draw the nation's best and brightest graduate students to UT Knoxville for two unique programs that focus on major global issues.

"IGERT programs are the gold standard for how America creates our next generation of leaders in science," said Brad Fenwick, UT Knoxville vice chancellor for research and engagement. "The fact that UT Knoxville is now home to two of these programs speaks volumes about our growing national and international research profile and about the hard work of the teams on our campus that submitted these proposals."

Each IGERT is given a name reflecting its general topic area. One is Sustainable Technology through Advanced Interdisciplinary Research, or STAIR, and the other is Scalable Computing and Leading Edge Innovative Technologies, or SCALE-IT.

An interdisciplinary focus sets the IGERTs apart, according to David Keffer, an associate professor of chemical engineering and the leader of STAIR.

"Science, engineering and research are more and more interdisciplinary," said Keffer. "As researchers, we no longer find ourselves working in silos, but reaching beyond some traditional barriers."

STAIR brings together researchers from UT Knoxville's colleges of Arts and Sciences and Engineering, and will focus on the creation of sustainable energy with a concentration on addressing the challenges of hydrogen as an energy source, from creation to storage to use.

Each of the two IGERTs will support approximately 15 graduate students with a very significant stipend and tuition waiver, as well as providing support for their research -- making them a top national opportunity, according to Cynthia Peterson, who directs the other new program.

"The resources available in these IGERTs are unmatched," said Peterson, a UT Knoxville professor of biochemistry, cellular and microbiology. "Beyond the financial resources, students will have access to the amazing scientific infrastructure available in this area."

Peterson will direct SCALE-IT. The program brings together top researchers from four different colleges within UT Knoxville and partners from Oak Ridge National Laboratory to examine how to apply high performance computing power to answer biological questions at every level.

Each of the IGERT programs includes a significant number of faculty collaborators, a piece that both Keffer and Peterson say is key to their success.

"Being able to build a network of expertise will be of great benefit to those in the IGERTs, both in linking education and research efforts," said Keffer.

Beyond just research and graduate education, both programs also encompass outreach efforts to the broader community -- especially to high school science students and teachers.


Contact: Jay Mayfield
University of Tennessee at Knoxville

Related biology news :

1. UT Knoxville wins $16M NSF mathematics and biology center
2. UT Knoxville professor finds unexpected key to flowering plants diversity
3. International experts collect alpine fungi in Beartooth Mountains of Montana
4. Childrens National researcher receives ACCP Distinguished Investigator Award
5. Corporate Safe Specialists Launches International Sales Efforts
6. New chemical radar among national security innovations in ACS podcast
7. International team reveals first prognosticator of survival in aggressive cancer
8. White House announces 2007 National Medal of Science laureates
9. National security remedies among topics at surveillance confab
10. Duke Medicine physician-scientist receives National Medal of Science
11. National Research Council report on security at federally managed dams
Post Your Comments:
(Date:11/4/2015)... York , November 4, 2015 ... a new market report published by Transparency Market Research "Home ... Growth, Trends and Forecast 2015 - 2022", the global home ... US$ 30.3 bn by 2022. The market is estimated ... forecast period from 2015 to 2022. Rising security needs ...
(Date:10/29/2015)... JOLLA, Calif. , Oct. 29, 2015  The ... a new report titled, "DNA Synthesis and Biosecurity: Lessons ... well the Department of Health and Human Services guidance ... issued in 2010. --> ... but it also has the potential to pose unique ...
(Date:10/29/2015)... BOSTON , Oct. 29, 2015  Connected health ... phenomena driving the explosion of technology-enabled health and wellness, ... his new book, The Internet of Healthy ... apps, sensors or smartphones even existed, Dr. Kvedar, vice ... model of health care delivery, moving care from the ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:11/24/2015)... (PRWEB) , ... November 24, 2015 , ... The United ... recipient of the 2016 USGA Green Section Award. Presented annually since 1961, the USGA ... his or her work with turfgrass. , Clarke, of Iselin, N.J., is ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... ... November 24, 2015 , ... Copper is ... it is bound to proteins, copper is also toxic to cells. With a ... Polytechnic Institute (WPI) will conduct a systematic study of copper in the bacteria ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... 24, 2015 --> ... report "Oligonucleotide Synthesis Market by Product & Services (Primer, ... Diagnostic, DNA, RNAi), End-User (Research, Pharmaceutical & Biotech, Diagnostic ... the market is expected to reach USD 1,918.6 Million ... a CAGR of 10.1% during the forecast period. ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... ALBANY, New York , November 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ ... According to a recent market research report released by ... is projected to expand at a CAGR of 17.5% ... titled "Non-invasive Prenatal Testing Market - Global Industry Analysis, ... 2022", estimates the global non-invasive prenatal testing market to ...
Breaking Biology Technology: