PiBBs fellow are required to enroll in a core set of courses. These courses have been developed with the specific aim of 1) developing a common baseline of mathematical, computational and biological knowledge and skills necessary for successful interdisciplinary collaborations; 2) exposing students to the disparate ways in which various scientific disciplines tackle and solve scientific problems; 3) exposing students to the language, culture, technology, literature and different perspectives/approaches used by various disciplines; and 4) learning the communication, scientific and social skills necessary to work effectively in small interdisciplinary research teams. These include a fall topics course (TiBBs), a spring seminar course (SiBBs), a course in developing and teaching topical interdisciplinary biology courses (CiT). Additionally, fellows take an integrated course in professional development, including ethics, surviving graduate school, grantsmanship and other topics.
Congratulations to our 2010-11 PiBBs Fellows! Robbie Burger,-Biology, Jennifer Cabotage-Anthropology, Christian Gunning-Biology, Sarah Joyce-Anthropology, Drew Levin-Computer Science, Catherine Mitchell-Anthropology, Kathrin Spendier-Physics, and Shawn "Fred" Whiteman-Biology.