Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is the Rutgers IGERT Program on Stem Cells?
The Rutgers IGERT-ISESC is one of only a handful of IGERT awards that were made in 2008 through a rigorous peer-review process screening hundreds of applications nation-wide. This is the fourth IGERT grant awarded to Rutgers. Previously, the IGERT on Integratively Engineered Biointerfaces and two later IGERT grants - focused on Nanopharmaceutical Engineering (2005) and on Perceptual Science (2006) - were funded at Rutgers.
Who can qualify for application to the IGERT Program?
The Rutgers IGERT is a highly competitive graduate education and research training program focused on integrative science and engineering of stem cells (ISESC). It is a five-year, $3.2 M program supported by the NSF and Rutgers University and follows on the heals of a $4.2 M IGERT program on Integratively Engineered Biointerfaces.
Application to the IGERT program is open to students completing their 1st, 2nd, or 3rd years of graduate study in a PhD granting program at Rutgers University.
Per NSF Guidelines, the IGERT program is only open to U.S. Citizens and U.S. Permanent Residents. Students on F-1, J-1, and H-1 Visas are NOT eligible.
How does a candidate apply for the IGERT fellowship?
Students interested in being considered for an IGERT fellowship are invited to fill in a preliminary query and are also reminded to check the eligibility requirements as outlined in the previous FAQ.
The complete application form should be downloaded as a Word file (located on the Forms page), filled in electronically, and e-mailed to the IGERT Director.
The application also requires 3 letters of reference, which can be e-mailed separately to the IGERT Director.
For students in institutions other than Rutgers applying to the IGERT, a full application to the Graduate School, New Brunswick, is also necessary, and can be downloaded here. For highly qualified applicants (who fill out the query above), the application fee can be waived by the IGERT program.
What departments and programs at Rutgers participate in the IGERT-ISESC program?
Participating graduate programs include:
Additional research partners are:
2011 IGERT Symposium|
The Stem Cell IGERT will be hosting an individual symposium this year. It will be held in the Busch Campus center on Friday, November 11, 2011 from 9:00am-2:00pm.
Please mark your calendars! Agenda and additional information will follow shortly!
5th Annual NJ Stem Cell Symposium and IGERT Symposium
SAVE THE DATE!!!! The 5th Annual NJ Stem Cell Symposium and IGERT Annual Symposium will be held September 21, 2011 at the Bridgewater Marriott from 9:00am-6:00pm. Registration information will be available shortly!
This year, in addition to Life Technologies, the newly funded NIMH Stem Cell Center will also be a co-sponsor!
Stem Cell Symposium
The Stem Cell Institute and Cander Institute of NJ are hosting a Spring 2011 Stem Cell Symposium on March 23, 2011 in the Atrium of the Life Sciences Building. The event will run from 12:30-5:00pm. The keynote speaker will be Max Wicha PhD, of the University of Michigan.
Applications Being Accepted!!!
The Stem Cell IGERT program is currently accepting applications for the 2011-2012 program year. please visit the application link or contact Julia Haque at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in applying. The application dedline is March 31, 2011, however, rolling admissions have already begun!
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BME Graduate Student Awarded NJCSCR Fellowship|
BME graduate student and IGERT fellow, Jeffrey Barminko, has been awarded a predoctoral fellowship from the New Jersey Commission on Spinal Cord Research for his project entitled “Encapsulated MSCs for Spinal Cord Injury Repair”. The 2 year, $60,000 fellowship will support Jeff, while he investigates approaches to augment MSC cyto-protective properties via novel methods for delivering MSC in vivo. Jeff is performing his studies under the guidance of Professors Martin Yarmush, Rene Schloss, and Martin Grumet. The Fellowship is slated to begin in June, 2010 at the conclusion of Jeff's support as an IGERT Fellow.
Congratulations to Professor Ki-Bum Lee, Stem Cell IGERT Faculty in Chemistry and Chemical Biology, who is the recipient of the NIH Director’s New Innovator award, 2009.
The NIH Director's New Innovator Award program is designed specifically to support unusually creative early stage investigators with highly innovative research ideas at an early stage of their career.
IGERT fellow wins award:
Congratulations to IGERT fellow Nicole Plourde who was recipient of the 2009 Schering-Plough Innovation Award. She was presented with an awards plaque and a check for $5000 at a ceremony on Thursday, April 16th.
Chris Ricupero featured on Epigenie interview
Follow link here for full interview.