Focus on…IGERT

Originally published February 2005

feb112005IGERT stands for Interdisciplinary Graduate Education and Research Training—a name that doesn’t make it easy to figure out what its all about. In combination with Georgia Tech, Emory neuroscience admits students to an NSF funded interdisciplinary program focused on combining the study of the brain and nervous system and microsystems technology. Emory NS admissions chair Leonard Howell commentated that “We expect the IGERT to attract new students to our Neuroscience Program with unique backgrounds and research interests that can effectively interface basic neuroscience with recent technicological advances in engineering systems.”

“The IGERT expands our current strengths in neuroscience to include engineering-based applications.”   • Leonard Howell, Admissions Chair

First year IGERT student, Terrence Wright
First year IGERT student,
Terrence Wright

The combination of Emory and GATech resources represent an unparalleled opportunity for IGERT students to have access to both top notch biology and engineering programs. Accordingly, IGERT trainees take part in a distinctive curriculum designed through collaborations between the two institutions. The program will be entering its second year next fall and first year neuroscience student, Terrence Wright, has represented Emory Neuroscience through its inaugural year. More information is available at


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