The IGERT Training program consists of six sets of program opportunities:
- Three Core Courses at Cornell address cross-scale biogeochemical principles, observational methods, and quantitative approaches. The first course is Cornell’s longstanding graduate course in the Principles of Biogeochemistry, modified to focus on student-led projects, offered Spring 2012, and alternate springs thereafter. The other two courses are new, offered first in Fall 2012 (Observational Methods) and Spring 2013 (Quantitative Methods and Modeling).
- Biogeochemistry Bootcamps are short intensive modules providing hands-on expert training in microbial methods (at Cornell), whole-ecosystem biogeochemistry (at the Cary Institute; late Spring 2013 and 2015), and global modeling (at NCAR; Winter 2014 and 2016).
- Off-Campus Opportunities, provide support for graduate students to spend time in residence at the Cary Institute or NCAR, or visiting range of international institutions for the study of biogeochemistry.
- Cross-Scale Discussion Groups, to start in Fall 2012, bring together students and faculty from a range of departments, scales, and disciplines with interest in a particular biogeochemical processes. Themes will rotate by semester, covering topics such as methane emissions, nitrogen fixation, denitrification, or fire and charcoal. Activities include shared research, paper discussion, and preparation of interdisciplinary proposals or papers.
- Workshops on Scaling to Society include focused training in science communication, mentorship, and other skills.
- Informal Education and Professional Development Activities include a host of regular programs, such as our weekly Seminar Series, an annual Small Grant competition, program retreats in Ithaca and to the Cary Institute, and student-developed workshops.