Genes to Environment

Integrative Biosciences: Genes to Environment

The Integrative Biosciences: Genes to Environment doctoral training program was initially funded by the National Science Foundation’s Integrative Graduate Education, Research, and Traineeship Program (IGERT) and Northern Arizona University (NAU). National Science Foundation support has ended, but Northern Arizona University will continue this training program in a slightly modified form through the support of the Provost’s Office; the College of Engineering, Forestry and Natural Sciences; and the Graduate College.


New and returning doctoral students who have applied or been admitted to NAU will be recruited into the program for the 2014–15 academic year. Program participants will receive stipend funding for one year, which includes summer support, or about $19,500 per calendar year with full tuition and insurance coverage. A small supply/travel budget will also be provided. Students are eligible to apply for a second year of support, with preference given to students who complete the two required activities described below and incorporate the genes-to-environment theme into demonstrable research achievement. Students are not eligible for support in more than two years. Additionally, participating faculty can mentor simultaneously no more than two program participants.

Program Details

The program involves research and coursework with a genes-to-environment theme.  Minimally, all successful applicants will be required to enroll in two semesters of the Merriam-Powell Research and Design Seminar (BIO698, 1 credit) and one semester of the Genes-to-Environment Theory Class (BIO599, 3 credits). Depending on the background of the student and the topic of their research project, genetics or statistics/modeling courses may be encouraged.


Applications must be complete by February 1, 2014.

How to Apply

Applicants must apply to or already be admitted to an NAU doctoral program (for example, School of Forestry, Department of Biological Sciences, School of Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability).

Applicants should submit the following items merged into a single PDF file to Dr. Catherine Gehring, Director, and Dr. Amy Whipple, Assistant Director, using email:

  • A two-page essay addressing how the applicant’s research interests match the genes-to-environment theme, how the program would benefit the applicant, and what strengths the applicant would bring to the program
  • Transcripts, including grade point average from current and previous institutions (Applicants may use copies of transcripts from their NAU file.)
  • Graduate Records Examinations (GRE) scores (Applicants may use copies of their scores from their NAU file.)

Finally, two current letters of recommendation should be sent directly to Dr. Gehring or Dr. Whipple via email as a PDF files. 

Contact Information

Catherine Gehring, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Biological Sciences  

Amy Whipple, Ph.D.
Assistant Director
Assistant Reseach Professor, Department of Biological Sciences