Cary Bootcamp, May 2013

Cary Bootcamp, May 2013

Cary Bootcamp, May 2013

Cary Bootcamp, May 2013

Lauren McPhillips and Danica Lombardozzi at the NCAR Boot Camp, February 2013

Lauren McPhillips and Danica Lombardozzi at the NCAR Boot Camp, February 2013

This page describes application procedures for CSBC-IGERT Traineeships with starting dates for Fall 2016. The program expects to award several one-year Traineeships for 2016-17.

2016 Application Information


Both incoming (Fall 2016) and current Cornell graduate students will be considered for IGERT Traineeships. Traineeships are intended for students working toward doctoral degrees, through either PhD or MS/PhD programs. The NSF-IGERT program encourages applications of women and underrepresented minorities in science and engineering. NSF restricts eligibility for IGERT Traineeships to U.S. citizens and permanent residents.


Graduate student leadership is a hallmark of Cornell’s biogeochemistry program, and CSBC-Trainees are expected to play active roles in the program through, for example, participation in the Speaker Series, Small Grants review, Retreats, Discussion Groups, and related activities. In addition, Trainees are required to complete the program’s three Core Courses, at least two biogeochemistry “Bootcamps,” and workshop-training in Mentorship and in Science Communication; details can be found here. The one-year awards for Traineeships are intended partly to support this type of interdisciplinary training. Awardees are required to comply with NSF reporting requests, which extend beyond the one year of support.

Research Themes

The goals of the CSBC-IGERT program are to improve cross-scale understanding of the biogeochemical drivers and feedbacks of climate change and to improve links between empirical and modeling approaches to these topics. The program is designed to provide training in biogeochemistry and climate across microbial, whole-ecosystem, and global scales, with partnership among Cornell, the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, and the National Center for Atmospheric Research. Central themes include, for example, improved cross-scale understanding of the biogeochemical processes controlling the production and consumption of greenhouse gases, such as CO2, CH4, N2O, and O3, spanning microbial, whole-ecosystem, and/or global scales. Preference will be given to applicants whose anticipated research will advance these central CSBC-IGERT research themes.

How to Apply

Traineeships are open to both new and current students. To apply, students should complete and submit (1) the CSBC application form (if using Internet Explorer, select the Save option rather than the Open option when downloading), (2) a synopsis (one page limit) of the proposed thesis topic, clearly identifying how it addresses the CSBC-IGERT goals; (3) a current CV, including any publications (journal articles, reports, conference papers, etc.), (4) a nomination letter from the applicant’s prospective or current advisor (1 page limit) [additional reference letters are optional], (5) copy of college transcripts (current Cornell graduate students must also supply a Cornell transcript). We encourage applicants to work with their advisor to complete this application.

New Students need to be admitted into a graduate field and find a faculty member who will serve as the graduate advisor and who will help develop a research synopsis for their applications. A list of participating faculty is available on the Faculty page, and 2016 Field deadlines are posted below.

Combine all application materials into a single.pdf file (lastname_firstname.pdf) and send the file to by March 4, 2016. Letters of recommendation/nomination can be sent separately to the same email address.

Application Deadlines for Fields with Faculty Participation in the CSBC-IGERT
Field Deadline
Atmospheric Science Jan. 1
Biological and Environmental Engineering Dec. 1
Civil and Environmental Engineering Dec. 10/Jan. 5
Computer Science Dec. 15
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Dec. 1
Horticulture Dec. 1
Geological Science Jan. 1
Microbiology Dec. 1
Natural Resources Feb. 28
Crop and Soil Science Jan. 5