The Interdepartmental Graduate Program in Nutritional Sciences (IGPNS) is a top-ranked program in biochemical and molecular, animal, and human nutrition research. IGPNS students study in courses to receive an interdisciplinary background within nutrition and its correlation to health and disease. In addition, IGPNS has a large emphasis on research training. Students who enter the program will be working within a lab under the guidance of a faculty trainer. IGPNS has two degree options, the PhD and the MS.
What to Expect For the PhD
IGPNS PhD only admits students from the general application in the Fall semester. Applications open in September for admission in the following year (e.g. Fall 2020 App is for admittance Fall 2021). Please note, a MS is not required for admittance to the PhD.
Upon entry into the program PhD students will participate in a series of 3-4 rotations within different labs in the first semester. The rotations serve to provide a more in-depth look at the lab and the projects being worked on. IGPNS also emphasizes the importance of the mentor-mentee relationship which can be explored through the rotation period. At the end of the first semester, admitted students will receive lab placement. The student will work within that lab to develop their projects and eventually their thesis.
What to Expect for the MS
IGPNS MS applicants should submit an application by the January 1 deadline for admission in Fall semester. Qualified MS applications will be shared with the faculty selected in the Graduate School application for the possibility of direct placement. MS applicants will not have the option of rotations. If the faculty is interested in the MS applicant, they will be matriculated into the program to work in the lab of that particular faculty member.
The majority of an IGPNS student’s graduate career will be spent conducting research. The program also requires additional sources of professional and academic development to prepare students to become competitive scientists.
Additional and more detailed information can be found in the IGPNS Handbook.