The BROADN PhD Program
Program at a Glance
Interest in research on the aerobiome, learning to be a transdisciplinary scientist, and communicating your knowledge to a range of audiences
All PhD programs relevant to BROADN research.
Cohorts and community:
Each PhD student is part of a learning cohort for courses, workshops, and activities. All PhD students are members of the BROADN community with a diverse group of faculty, postdoctoral researchers, and undergraduate researchers.
PhD Student Support:
All BROADN-supported students will receive 24 months of stipend ($34,000/year), tuition, and partial fee coverage as allowed by the University, as well as $5,000 for expenses such as a computer and conference travel. During these two years, the PhD students will participate in a BROADN research project related to their research interests. After these two years of BROADN support, the student’s advisor(s) will provide support and the student will continue their research in a BROADN-relevant topic.
BROADN will provide exciting research and educational opportunities for annual cohorts of PhD students. Candidates should be passionate about becoming leaders in aerobiome research, working across disciplines, and communicating about their scientific activities.
The BROADN PhD program complements a student’s home PhD program, from which they will earn their degree.
The BROADN PhD program begins with two semesters of education, training, and development of research skills, while gaining knowledge of aerobiome research. In addition to the courses required by their home PhD program, specific BROADN activities in which first-year students will participate include:
- Aerobiome Foundations course: PhD students will complete this team-taught, interdisciplinary course that spans the range of topics critical to the aerobiome.
- Workshops: As a cohort, PhD students will participate in engaging workshops on the Science of Team Science, DEI, science communication, and other topics.
- Research experiences: Each PhD student will spend time in research groups in at least two of BROADN’s themes, learning first-hand about the concepts, methods, and data that are involved.
- Outreach: Each year, the PhD student cohort will develop and deliver an outreach activity related to BROADN.
Throughout their PhD studies, students will be involved with the annual BROADN symposium as presenters and organizers, will mentor undergraduate researchers, and will participate in outreach activities
Apply for a BROADN PhD program fellowship
PhD students applying to enter the BROADN program may either be entering CSU for their graduate studies or already in a graduate program at CSU.
To apply to the BROADN PhD program, interested students should review the research themes and faculty mentors on the program website, and complete and submit our application form.
Co-advising arrangements, especially those that span disciplines, are welcomed. If a prospective student would like to work under the supervision of a CSU faculty member who is not currently affiliated with the BROADN program, they should discuss their interest with the faculty member and contact Prof. Sue Vandewoude, PI of the BROADN program.
For PhD studies beginning in Fall 2023, applications will be evaluated beginning Monday, February 13, 2022. Applications received after that date will be evaluated until all positions are filled.