North Carolina State University:
We are recruiting 6-7 PhD students to participate in an NSF funded, IGERT in Genetic Engineering and Society: The Case of Transgenic Pests at North Carolina State University. This will be our IGERT’s third year. Students of the 2012 Cohort have been examining questions linked to the genetic modification of mosquitoes while students of the 2013 Cohort have been delving into issues surrounding invasive rodents and biodiversity. We are excited about expanding our discussion to include the technical hurdles and social questions associated with genetic engineering as applied to agricultural pests. Possible applications of these technologies include offsetting losses to crop harvests and alleviating related negative social impacts of pests especially in areas with subsistence agriculture.
As in the past, the students of the 2014 Cohort will explore the social, ethical, and ecological consequences of current pest control techniques as well as those associated with a genetically engineered approach. Such impacts include (but are not restricted to) food inequality, the role of scientific literacy and local expertise in subsistence and industrial agricultures, and ideals of food autonomy.
We are looking for excellent students who are interested in pursuing an interdisciplinary approach to their graduate training. Students may have majored in humanities, mathematics, or a social/natural science, and should be seeking broad and rigorous graduate training across these areas. We welcome students who have a either a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in one of these areas and want strong interdisciplinary training at the doctoral level.
Students who participate in the program will receive a PhD in a home doctoral program and a graduate minor in Genetic Engineering and Society. The minor will include four courses, one of which will be taught in Latin America. In addition to full fellowships, funds are available for international internships.