Invasive Rodents and Biodiversity Conservation
Island Mice: Conserving Island Biodiversity
Mosquitoes and Human Health
Target Pest System
Our NSF-IGERT in Genetic Pest Management encompasses of a number of research efforts by North Carolina State University faculty and students. We have identified many target or potential target systems for student research. They can be explored in more depth by clicking on the right side bars.
Diverse disciplines with clear focus
A unique aspect of our training program is that we will bring together a group of students who enter our program in the same year (student cohort) and have them address one target pest system from diverse perspectives. The program, first, focuses students and faculty on the target pest system which acts as clear points of concentrated and collaborative effort. The program, then, provides each student with achievement criteria designed to ensure that integrative education is accompanied by disciplinary depth.
Individualized education and research
In our program, students will work with mentors to design individualized education paths expected to result in a knowledge base that integrates Policy, Ethics, & Society; Molecular Biology; and Population Genetics & Ecology. Our program does not expect student expertise in all three distinct fields of study. Rather, we expect some proficiency in all areas, with strong advances made in one or two areas.
The research focus of a Graduate Fellow will be defined in part by her/his graduate mentors, in part by the target system of the student cohort, and in part by the student’s unique interests. A requirement for all Graduate Fellows is that at least one major dissertation chapter focus on the student cohort’s focal system. In 2012-13, the target system will be mosquitoes that transmit human diseases.
Tradeoff between breadth and depth?
Classical PhD programs recognize a tradeoff between breadth and depth, and often aim almost exclusively for depth. We recognize that no single student could develop true expertise in all areas of our program because of this tradeoff. However, the premise of our program is that there is not a simple linear tradeoff, and that individual students, provided multiple paths toward achieving integrative education, will choose a path that fits their unique interests, and they will accumulate more breadth and depth than expected from the linear assumption.