Genetics & Genomics Scholars

The Genetics and Genomics Scholars program prepares future scientists for cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research across the life sciences.


The Genetics and Genomics (GG) Scholars umbrella program is built on the philosophy that the exploration of genes and genomes informs all fields of biology. The GG Scholars program is open to current and incoming PhD students.  Incoming GG Scholars are able to explore a variety of life sciences graduate programs at NC State University during their first year, while current NC State PhD students have the opportunity to expand their training and research capabilities. 

GG Scholars will engage in a one-year innovative, project-based curriculum that integrates foundational conceptual training in genetics and genome-scale techniques with big data analysis and professional development. Beyond the first year, the Genetics & Genomics Initiative (GGI) provides GG Scholars with a strong community of scientists conducting a broad range of basic and applied research. Throughout PhD training, GG Scholars are provided with an array of opportunities for development as scientists, including a world-class GGI Seminar Series, interactions with GGI Research Interest Groups, and a network of partnerships at the University and beyond to support careers in research, education, outreach, policy, and industry.

The program is now recruiting GG Scholars to build a strong, cohort-based graduate community representing excellence in education and research. Scientific and cultural diversity is key to the GG Scholars program, and applications are encouraged from students identifying with groups typically underrepresented in STEM fields. GG Scholars are awarded competitive one-year graduate fellowships covering stipend, tuition, and benefits. After their first year, GG Scholars are supported by research and/or teaching assistantships. Admission is open to new students and to PhD students currently enrolled in affiliated NC State graduate programs. 

GG Scholars benefit from:

  • A vibrant cohort-focused graduate community
  • Innovative training and professional development
  • Research mentors from over 150 university faculty spanning 27 departments and 6 colleges
  • State-of-the-art facilities
  • Financial support provided, including tuition and benefits
  • Diverse career support via network of industry partners and programs in education and policy

About the Program


January 23, 2020
  • Seminar: Matteo Barberis

    January 23, 2020  12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

    We have a special quantitative biology seminar hosted by the Synthetic & Systems Biology and Modeling the Living Embryo cluster.  Matteo is a systems biologist who combines experiments and modeling to understand the dynamics and mechanism of the cell cycle.  Flier attached. 

    "How Systems Biology can help to decipher Design Principles of Biochemical Networks:  The Cell Division Cycle as a test case”

    Dr. Matteo Barberis, Associate Professor, University of Surrey UK
    January 23rd, 2020 (Thursday) at noon
    Thomas Hall, Room 3503

    NOTE:  Pizza lunch served at 11:45 am, outside the seminar room. 


    P.S. Please contact Nick Buchler ( if you or your trainees would like to meet with Matteo. 

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January 27, 2020
  • "Evolutionary and Functional Genomics of Spider Silks" Cheryl Hayashi Seminar (American Museum of Natural History)

    January 27, 2020  1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
    3503 Thomas Hall, NC State University

    Seminar Speaker: Dr. Cheryl Hayashi, American Museum of Natural History
    Title: "Evolutionary and Functional Genomics of Spider Silks"
    Location: The Stephens Room (3503 Thomas Hall)
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January 30, 2020
  • CLC Genomics Workbench Training

    January 30, 2020  8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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