Prospective Students

Moto-IGERT accepts second and occasionally third year students who have matriculated to the University of Chicago or Northwestern University in the following programs and who are working with IGERT trainers. If you are interested in our integrated training program, please consult the admissions requirements of these Ph.D. units:

University of Chicago

Northwestern University

We strongly encourage women and persons from underrepresented minority groups to consider joining our program. US citizens and resident aliens are eligible to be IGERT trainees. Eligible students will be appointed for two-three years as Moto-IGERT trainees, during which time they will receive a $30,000 annual stipend, health insurance and required fees, tuition, and may apply for IGERT funds for research and travel to professional meetings or conferences.

Moto-IGERT trainees will have access to IGERT activities, rotations, special classes, outreach training and other experiences. Trainees participate in a unique research rotation that contributes to the Encyclopedia of Life project at the Field Museum. They bring scientific research on diverse life-forms of the planet to the public through a rich web-based site.


The Influence of Auditory Feedback on Vocal Sequence Production

Former IGERT trainee Etienne Mandersheid received his Ph.D. in Computational Neuroscience from the University of Chicago in June 2014.

Field Museum Exhibit: "The Machine Inside: Biomechanics"

IGERT PI and Steering Committee faculty Melina Hale, Callum Ross and Mark Westneat all contributed to a new exhibit at Field Museum: "The Machine Inside: Biomechanics" which opened March 12, 2014.

Outreach: Applied Math Leadership Board at Northwestern University

IGERT trainee Namrata Patel has served as co-chair of the Applied Math Leadership Board since Summer 2013, sponsored by the NWU Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics Student Leadership Council.

Brains! Workshops in the Palmer Lab, March 24-27, 2014.

IGERT trainees Brett Aiello, Hilary Katz and Justin Lieber participated in workshops in Dr. Stephanie Palmer's University of Chicago lab leading students from a local Chicago elementary school through hands-on experiments to learn about neural signaling, including recording from a live cockroach leg and EMG recording of the students' own muscles.

Evolutionary Neuroscience Lesson for high school students February 26, 2014

IGERT trainee Yashesvini Vinayak Ram participated in "The Think Tank," sponsored by the UChicago NEURO club and UChicago CASCADE. Graduate neuroscience students talked with CPS students in grades 9-11 about the evolution of the brain and natural selection as a mechanism for evolution. Students were able to examine brains of various animals and compare their structures, then participated in a class debate on what traits can be affected by natural selection and what traits are plastic (learned during a lifetime).

IGERT presence at January 24, 2014 University of Chicago GradUCon Conference.

IGERT PI Melina Hale was a panelist in the session "Women in the Sciences: Addressing Common Challenges," partially organized by IGERT PD Carolyn Johnson.

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