The BROADN PhD Program

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Program Overview

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 goals, 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 goals 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.


2024 Applications

For PhD studies beginning in Fall 2024, applications will be evaluated beginning Monday, February 13, 2024. Applications received after that date will be evaluated until all positions are filled.


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