Ecology, Evolution, and Genomics in Changing Environments
Training in Integrative Biology - Supported by the U.S. Department of Education

Purpose of the Program

The GAANN program (Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need) is sponsored by the US Dept of Education. Integrative training in Biology is considered to be an area of national need for the professional development of future biology teachers and researchers. More information can be found about the national program at

Our GAANN fellowship program addresses the critical need to train biologists to be effective teachers and skilled researchers and to be facile in diverse professional and cultural contexts. Our four primary objectives are:

  1. Recruit and train bright and motivated graduate students who meet the requirements of the Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) program;
  2. Increase the number of graduate students from traditionally underrepresented groups;
  3. Expand the capacity of graduate students to perform and communicate cutting-edge research in critical areas, reflecting superior preparation developed in our GAANN training program; and
  4. Develop the capability and commitment for exceptional teaching by our students, including development of critical techniques necessary for communicating biological issues to the public.

Elements of the program include exciting research opportunities and thoughtful mentoring in our teaching program.  Our program will develop strong graduate student research and teaching capabilities in a critical area of national need to meet the growing increase in demand for professional biologists.