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Integrated Graduate Education and Research Training (IGERT) Fellowships in Urban Ecology

This National Science Foundation (NSF) -sponsored program is aimed at educating a new kind of research scientist — one who is broader and more flexible, collaborative and adept at linking critical issues in life, earth and social sciences.

Fellows earn PhD's in one of six areas:

  • biology
  • plant biology
  • geography
  • geology
  • anthropology
  • sociology

Fellows participate in team research, courses and seminars that emphasize integration among disciplines. These activities will afford skills that will be broadly applicable to careers in public and private sectors, as well as in academia.

Integrated Graduate Education and Research Training: Solar Utilization Network (IGERT SUN)

This interdisciplinary PhD training program covers mulitiple solar energy conversion areas integrated with policy and social understanding. IGERT SUN aims to develop the next generation of diverse citizen-scientists, innovative thinkings and enlightened policy-makers. Participants will be trained in:

  • Photovoltaics
  • Solar-thermal and photosynthesis-driven bioenergy approaches
  • Social and policy aspects involved with global human energy use

This interdiciplinary training approach — integrating research, education and policiy issues — requires a diverse group of students to meet the challenges of a complex global energy system. ASU aims to increase diversity in research by recruiting underrepresented students into science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs such as the IGERT SUN.

Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) Graduate and Undergraduate training in Biomedicine at ASU

Initiative for Maximizing Student Development, a National Institutes of Health-funded program, will significantly impact underrepresented students across the ASU campus by increasing the number of underrepresented students - including ethnic minorities, financially disadvantaged, and students with disabilities - who earn a PhD and pursue research careers in biomedical/behavioral disciplines.

IMSD is a two-year undergraduate and two-year graduate program supported by faculty who are trained in understanding the challenges faced by underrepresented students. The program includes peer mentoring and student workshops that cover topics such as science writing, critical thinking, quantitative methods and conducting responsible research.

Eventually, a total of 80 graduate and undergraduate students with diverse backgrounds will be included in the program. For more information visit or email