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.
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