Integrated Training in Microbial Systems (ITiMS)


The Integrated Training in Microbial Systems (ITiMS) application deadline is approaching (March 7, 2017). The ITiMS program offers mentorship and financial support to University of Michigan doctoral students exploring the burgeoning field of microbiome studies. We aim to train future scientists who will design and implement novel prevention, diagnostic, and treatment strategies stemming from a deep understanding of the impact of microbial communities on human and environmental health. While the program’s interdisciplinary workshops, trainings, and events are open to all master's and doctoral students, doctoral students are eligible to apply for an ITiMS traineeship (tuition and stipend). Students admitted to or currently enrolled in any doctoral program at the University of Michigan are eligible to apply for training and funding through ITiMS. ITiMS is not a degree program unto itself, but an interdisciplinary training program designed to enhance your research skills.

1) Two mentors (one with laboratory and the other with population-based or mathematical modeling expertise)
2) Completion of individualized interdisciplinary training program including didactic and practical training in a) population studies; b) laboratory techniques; c) statistics/bioinformatics; and d) mathematical modeling
3) Dissertation research incorporates laboratory and population approaches
4) Completion of full PhD requirements in home department

For information about applying to doctoral programs at U-M, go to the U-M Gateway to see a list of graduate schools and colleges. ITiMS is an interactive cross-training program. Students selected for the program will complete requirements for their Ph.D. in a specific discipline while receiving training in additional disciplines that integrate with their research interests. As part of the program, students will work with faculty mentors selected from 18 departments and 7 schools, colleges or institutes across campus. Funded students will receive a graduate student research assistantship (GSRA) for up to two years. During this time, they’ll complete required coursework in mathematical modeling, and population and laboratory approaches. ITiMS students are also expected to integrate laboratory and population or modeling approaches in their dissertation. For full application information 

How To Apply