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 May 30th, 2023 – please send your application to

Please prepare, request, and upload the following documents as part of your application package:

  1. Research proposal (one page) describing the general area/project of interest, how the research will advance and expand the scope of synthetic biology, and why you are interested in the biotechnology aspect of SB2. If you would like constructive feedback on your proposal before submitting, you may make an appointment with a BDC Communication Lab Fellow!
  2. Letters of support – you may submit two letters of recommendation (one each from the primary and secondary mentors) or one single letter co-signed by both 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. Note: Where possible, seek out mentors who can provide you with training in and exposure to complementary research areas. For instance, if your primary mentor is in the area of SynBio Theory, Principles, and Tools (TPT), you could choose a secondary mentor from Applied SynBio (APPS), and vice versa. This is a recommendation, not a requirement.
  3. 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 June 2023.