Frequently Asked Questions

What is IGERT?

IGERT stands for Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship. The IGERT program was developed in 1995 by the National Science Foundation. IGERT was developed by NSF to meet the challenges of educating U.S. PhD scientists and engineers who will pursue careers in research and education, with the interdisciplinary backgrounds, deep knowledge in chosen disciplines, and technical, professional, and personal skills to become, in their own careers, leaders and creative agents for change. The program is intended to catalyze a cultural change in graduate education for students, faculty and institutions, by establishing innovative new models for graduate education and training in a fertile environment for collaborative research that transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries. It is also intended to facilitate diversity in student participation and preparation, and to contribute to a world-class, broadly inclusive, and globally engaged science and engineering workforce. (

What is SEIGERT?

SEIGERT stands for the Solar Economy IGERT. The goal of the SEIGERT program is to educate and train a diverse spectrum of Fellows in the art and science of generating superior integrative concepts/solutions for a future solar economy.

Who do I contact for additional information?

SIEGERT Program Co-PI's:

What departments currently participant in the SEIGERT program?

Purdue University

University of Delaware

University of Texas at El Paso

How do I apply to the IGERT Program?

All IGERT students must be enrolled at Purdue University, the University of Delaware, and/or the University of Texas, El Paso. Students will graduate from their respective universities and departments of choice. Currently participating departments are Chemical Engineering (PU), Electrical and Computer Engineering (PU, UTEP), Materials Engineering (PU, UD, UTEP), Chemistry (PU), Engineering Education (PU), Agricultural Economics (PU), Civil Engineering (UTEP), Environmental Resource Management (UTEP).

The first step is to apply to Graduate School at the university of your choice. All of the partners have online applications available and the application deadlines are governed by each respective Graduate School. We highly recommend submitting a statement of purpose with your application.

If you are currently enrolled as a graduate student in any of the participating universities and are interested in joining the IGERT program, please contact: for additional information.

Additional information may be found on the How to Apply page.

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Contact Information

Melissa LaGuire
Program Coordinator
Purdue University
Forney Hall of Chemical Engineering
480 Stadium Mall Dr.
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2050