IGERT Curriculum & Requirements
Prerequisites and Admission
The principal qualification for admittance into the biomechanics training program is a strong interest in integrative research work, as well as a willingness to participate in the collaborative research and tutorials that form the core of this program. Because students will be admitted to and remain associated with a particular department, each applicant must meet the admissions requirements set forth by their home department. In addition, students entering into the biomechanics training program are expected to have completed introductory coursework in biology, physics, and chemistry, as well as two years of calculus (encompassing calculus of several variables and ordinary and partial differential equations).
A subcommittee of participating faculty will review applications to assess their preparation for and commitment to interdisciplinary research.
Doctoral students funded by the IGERT can be admitted through any of Harvard's participating departments:
Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology (OEB)
Department of Chemistry
Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences (DEAS)
Department of Anthropology
Department of Physics
Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology
Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH)
Who Can Apply
In accordance with NSF guidelines, IGERT Project Fellowships are available only to U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents. International students are, however, eligible and welcome to participate academically in all aspects of the biomechanics program.
Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply.
Elements of the Program
Specific elements of the 5-year Ph.D. program include:
1) Rigorous core training in physical and biological sciences
2) A two-year required biomechanics tutorial based on the case-study method
3) A one-semester required tutorial in mathematical modeling
4) Lab rotations
5) An annual retreat
6) A monthly research seminar series and an annual 2-day symposium
7) Co-advising (one biology faculty, one physical science faculty) during all years
8) Internships in non-academic settings
9) An internal grant program to support collaborative student research initiatives
Funded by NSF, IGERT offers a generous fellowship plus tuition and fees for the academic year.
IGERT Courses (click for link to courses page)