Graduate/Doctorate Training & Education
For more information on the graduate study in cancer biology, check out the Cancer Biology Training Program within the Purdue University Interdisciplinary Life Science Program (PULSe).
- Seminar Series (external speakers)
- Discovery to Translation Seminar Series (internal speakers)
- Cancer Journal Club
- Cancer Center Retreats
- Walther Embedding Training Program
- Bioinformatics Training Program
- Biophysics Training Program
- Drug Discovery Graduate Training Program
- Federal agencies
National Cancer Institute fellowships and awards
Career Stage: Predoctoral
Program Description: This award supports promising doctoral candidates who will perform dissertation research and training for a PhD degree in a scientific health-related field relevant to the mission of the NCI during the tenure of the award. Applicants for the F31 must be candidates for the PhD degree and must be at the dissertation research stage of training at the time of award.
NCI requires a clear cancer focus in graduate research training and gives funding priority to applications whose primary sponsor has cancer-related R01, or R01-like, peer-reviewed research grants at the time of application and the time of the award. For the NCI F31 Award, R01-like research funding includes peer-reviewed research grants from other federal sources and private foundations with a duration of at least 3 years with a minimum of $150,000 direct costs per year. The primary sponsor is expected to maintain such grant support during the project period. Grants under a no-cost extension do not qualify.
Career Stage: 3rd or 4th year Predoctoral
Program Description: This award supports outstanding Ph.D. and other Research Doctoral candidates complete their dissertation research training (F99 phase) and transition in a timely manner to mentored, cancer-focused postdoctoral career development research positions (K00 phase).
National Science Foundation fellowships and awards in biological sciences
Program Description: The purpose of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is to help ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce of the United States. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing full-time research-based master's and doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) or in STEM education. The GRFP provides three years of support for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant research achievements in STEM or STEM education. NSF especially encourages women, members of underrepresented minority groups, persons with disabilities, veterans, and undergraduate seniors to apply.
- Nonfederal agencies
- Institute for Cancer Research fellowships/awards
- Grant writing
- Career planning
- Academic Career Track:
- Industry Career Track: For topics on career paths such as entrepreneurship, check out the Industry Career Track workshops that are also offered by the Graduate School.
- Online Career Development Resources through Aurora, an eLearning platform that Purdue students and staff have access to.
- Communication skills: Want to deliver a winning presentation to different audiences? How about successful networking, interviewing and negotiating? Check out the Communication workshops offered by the Graduate School and Purdue Center for Career Opportunities.
- Need additional input on how to prepare and deliver a successful presentation, check out Purdue Presentation Center.
- Job opportunities