Trainee Requirements

Welcome to the Developmental Biology Training Grant. Here is a brief description of the support and requirements for trainees on the DBTG. If you have any questions, please contact Teresa Upton.

Developmental Biology Training Grant support includes:

Stipend: $22,032 per year for predoc trainees and $39,264 - $54,180 per year for postdoc trainees. For graduate students, the remainder of the stipend is the responsibility of the trainee’s PI and department, and they should make all necessary arrangements for this pay.

Tuition for graduate students: $1987.14 towards 3 credit hours of resident tuition per year. Any additional credit hours, other than for required development courses, are the responsibility of the trainee and their PI. Do not register for summer unless you are defending during that time.

Travel: $500 per year to attend a meeting. Please let Teresa Upton know if you are planning to attend a meeting in the upcoming semester.

Training-related expenses (health insurance, books, journal subscriptions, lab supplies, etc.): Let Teresa Upton know if you need health insurance for you and for your family, and which health plan you wish to purchase. For other purchases, please give the information to Teresa and she will do the ordering. Total funds available are $3,000 for predocs, and $5,600 for postdocs.

Please acknowledge your support from the training grant on papers you submit for publication: “Jane Doe was supported by an NIH Developmental Biology Training Grant (5T32 HD07491).”

TRAINING PROGRAM ACTIVITIES

The Training Program provides an opportunity to bring together faculty and students from around campus and who are studying questions in developmental biology. The bulk of these interactions are initiated by activities supported by the Training Program. These activities are summarized below. In addition, the Training Program ensures a standardized curriculum for trainees that involves their participation in interdepartmental and interlab journal clubs and courses. This cross-disciplinary training provides means for students to significantly expand their circle of colleagues to include the broader community of developmental biologists on campus.

Developmental Biology Journal Club

All trainees participate in the Developmental Biology Journal Club. Mentors and any other interested parties are also invited to attend. Participants present a paper of interest and also background information to provide context for the work under discussion. Trainees, please send a PDF and reference to Richard Dorsky 1 week in advance. See schedule here. For further information, please contact Teresa Upton. Additional journal clubs are listed here.

Developmental Biology Discussion Group

Each year, all trainees present their research to the Developmental Biology Discussion Group. Trainees are required to attend and mentors are enthusiastically encouraged to participate and provide trainees with feedback. These seminars are held in HSEB, check seminars page for schedule.

Developmental Biology Training Program Seminars

Senior trainees are asked to invite an outside speaker of their choice. A list of this year’s seminars are provided here.

Developmental Biology Training Program Retreats

We hold Annual Retreats sponsored by the Developmental Biology Training Program each April. Each trainee presents a 20-minute talk about his or her research, followed by a 10-minute discussion period. In addition, two outside visitors attended the retreat, with one speaker presenting their research during a one hour talk after lunch and the other presenting a seminar on the preceding Friday. This year the retreat will be held April 19, 2014 at Deer Valley, Silver Lake Lodge.

Courses (graduate students only):

Complete the University of Utah’s ethics in science course, Internal Med. 757 “Scientific Integrity and Ethics in Scientific Research.”

Take an advanced Developmental Biology courses. These should be at a graduate level (6000-7000 series courses) in a topic related to developmental biology. A list of courses is provided here.

All Postdoctoral trainees are required to participate in a Grant Writing Workshop. There are several options for fulfilling this requirement,including the Grant Writing Crash Course and Molecular Medicine Grant Workshop.