Forging Integrated Expertise in Graduate Education
June 4 – 5, 2018 | Raleigh, North Carolina
Keynote Speakers | Laura Regassa | Terri Lomax
We live in an interconnected world, with complex problems, emerging technologies, and limited resources. As noted in the National Science Foundation’s 10 Big Ideas for Future NSF Investments:
“The grand challenges of today — protecting human health; understanding the food, energy, water nexus; exploring the universe at all scales — will not be solved by one discipline alone. They require convergence: the merging of ideas, approaches and technologies from widely diverse fields of knowledge to stimulate innovation and discovery.“
This workshop was originally conceived as a Capstone Symposium for the NC State NSF-IGERT “Genetic Engineering and Society: The Case of Transgenic Pests” that had equal contributions from the natural and social sciences. It would be a place to celebrate accomplishments and share valuable lessons learned. As time went by though, this idea grew into something more.
An integrated, transdisciplinary approach to graduate student training was more than simply a feature of the program, it was its core. Our students became “T-shaped” — equally adept at thinking about and solving problems around policy and governance as they are with biomathematics and synthetic biology.
At the same time, programs were being developed in other places around issues like plant science, engineering, and artificial intelligence. What insights and experiences could they share with institutions and organizations?
The workforce of tomorrow will require deep integration on issues, not disciplines. And we, as academics, industry professionals, civil servants, and stakeholders, have a responsibility to prepare our students for the challenges that lie ahead.
At A Glance
What is this symposium about?
Get an in-depth look at graduate programs focused on developing professionals equipped to solve specific, complex challenges using integrated, convergent approaches.
- Day 1 | Diverse Experiences in Integrated Graduate Education
- Day 2 | Workforce Needs and the Way Forward
Who Should Attend?
University faculty and administrators, researchers, government administrators and policymakers, industry and NGO professionals, funders, and innovative thinkers.
- Day 1 | 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM + Happy Hour!
- Day 2 | 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Unable to attend in person? Register for the live stream webcast here
This workshop is being offered at no cost thanks to support from our sponsors!
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Workshop supported by the National Science Foundation NSF Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (Award No. 1068676), NC State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and the Genetic Engineering & Society Center.
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This workshop is now full! Please email Sharon Stauffer at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to be placed on the waiting list. You may also participate via the livestream webcast: https://research.ncsu.edu/ges/events/symposium-integrated-expertise/webcast/