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


February 17, 2020
February 21, 2020
  • Workshop: Intorduction to Echidna and MCMCglmm software

    February 21, 2020  9:00 am - 12:00 pm

    The GGI-Genetics and Genomics of Plant and Animal Breeding Research Interest Group (RIG)
    Workshop: Introduction to Echidna and MCMCglmm software 

    LOCATION: Jordan Hall 5103
    DATE: Friday 2/21 
    TIME: 9:00 am to noon

    Here is the agenda:

    09:00 - 10:20  Introduction to Echidna software for Linear Mixed Models (Fikret Isik)

    10:20 - 10:35  Coffee break 
    10:35 - 12:00 Introduction to MCMCglmm in R for Generalized Linear Mixed Models (Francesco Tiezzi) 
    12:00 Lunch 

    • We will run some demos for each software. Bring your laptop if you would like to play along. 
    • Free lunch will be provided.  We need a headcount. Please reply asap. 
    • ECHIDNA is free software developed by Arthur Gilmour You need to register to download the software. It is very similar to ASReml software developed by the same author. If you are an advanced ASReml user you will likely get bored during the lecture! 

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February 24, 2020