Students from participating graduate programs – Biomedical Engineering (BME), Bioinformatics (BI), and Molecular Biology, Cell Biology & Biochemistry (MCBB) – are invited to apply to the SB2 Training Program.

Eligible students must be in the process of completing their required lab rotations and be prepared to develop a research proposal describing the general area/project of interest in the lab of their primary mentor – i.e., students must be completing their first year and going into their second year in order to be eligible.

Applying to the program

Applications for Fall 2023 are due by midnight on June 15th, 2024 – please send the following documents to as part of your application package:

  1. Research proposal – one page (not including any figures or references); this document describes the general area/project of interest and explains how the research will advance and expand the scope of synthetic biology/ biotechnology. If you would like constructive feedback on your proposal before submitting, you may make an appointment with a BDC Communication Lab Fellow!
  2. Personal statement – in this one-page document, please discuss your short and long-term professional goals, as well as the major influences that helped shape these goals; please also explain why you are interested in the biotechnology and professional development aspects of this training grant. See and
  3. Letters of support – please submit one letter of recommendation that is co-signed by your primary and secondary mentors. The primary mentor will serve in the standard PI role, as the main research advisor for the student. The secondary mentor will provide needed context and exposure to complementary research components. A list of faculty mentors can be found here:
  4. Curriculum Vitae (CV) – see more about writing a CV here.

Applications will be reviewed by the Selection & Mentorship Committee and applicants will be informed of decisions in late June/early July 2024.