IISAGE offers various training programs to provide trainees with experience in convergent, interdisciplinary research. These programs provide a foundation for individuals both inside and outside of the IISAGE community to expand their scientific knowledge. Our training programs are available to trainees at various career stages: undergraduate, graduate, post-baccalaureate, and post-doctoral. IISAGE members are committed to multidisciplinary training, and trainees are an integral part of our initiative.

Integrated with its research activities, IISAGE provides trainees with interdisciplinary training in genomics, molecular biology, evolutionary biology and Machine Learning (ML). Additionally, IISAGE offers training in professional skills such as communication, leadership, and teamwork.

Our vision is for all IISAGE members to have fulfilling careers, with the cross-disciplinary scientific and professional training allowing IISAGE trainees to succeed in academia, industry, government, non-profits, and more.

IISAGE Training Programs

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program

Each summer, IISAGE hosts undergraduate students for paid internships in a coordinated program spanning each IISAGE institution. The purpose of this summer research experience is to provide in-depth research training and career development skills to undergraduate students who are interested in becoming professional researchers.

Leadership & Professional Development Academy

The annual IISAGE Leadership & Professional Development Academy provides training in professional skills identified by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) as currently lacking in STEM graduates. The purpose of the Academy is to provide a cohesive and comprehensive program that offers development opportunities for undergraduate students, graduate students, post-docs, and faculty.

Interlab Travel Fellowship Program

Every semester, IISAGE provides short-term travel fellowships for cross-disciplinary training to postdoctoral fellows and/or graduate students in our 11 participating laboratories. This travel program is available to IISAGE members only, and provides them with the opportunity to learn a new method not currently available in their home lab.