The primary educational goal of the Earth's Subsurface Biosphere (ESB) IGERT is to introduce students to the interdisciplinary perspectives and approaches needed to create new knowledge of the Earth's subsurface biosphere.
As a complement to existing disciplinary degree programs, this graduate program will provide an educational background that is broad in discipline and encourages integrative thinking over a range of physical scales.
This breadth will be achieved with interdisciplinary classroom and student team experiences, field programs and internships in national and foreign laboratories that investigate aspects of the subsurface biosphere ranging from molecular mechanisms to global cycles. The program is designed to encompass and integrate diversity at biological, scientific and social levels:
Our intent is to support ESB IGERT students while they are completing the majority of their course work and then support them on research grants of participating faculty. Up to two years of support from the IGERT program is available for this (the two years of support does not have to be used in the first two years of the student's program).
A New Student Orientation, for all incoming students, is held every year in the third week of September. IGERT Faculty, new student's advisors and returning students come together for this two day orientation at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest.
IGERT Orienation 2006
IGERT Orientation 2005
IGERT Orientation 2004
Nine students were admitted into the program the first year, eight students in the second year, seven in the third year and five in the fourth and fifth years.
Students entering with bachelor degrees will be scheduled to complete their Ph.D. in five years and those with master's degrees in three years.
Curriculum overview for IGERT Students
Complete the minimum departmental requirements: 36 or more thesis credits, 36 coursework credits, including 18 or more major discipline credits and 15 integrated minor (IGERT) credits.
terms Subsurface Biosphere Seminar (first 2 years)
Fall First Year:
Principles in Subsurface Biosphere Processes
Winter First Year:
Fall, Winter and Spring Term Second Year:
scale course - like - Microbial Diversity, Microbiology Course
- complete an internship at a national lab, international university or
field site by end of Ph.D. program.
Meet at least once per term with advisor and co-advisor to discuss progress.
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