December 19, 2017
COMBINE (Computation and Mathematics for Biological Networks) is a University of Maryland (UMD) National Science Foundation-funded Research Traineeship (NRT) program in Network Biology. The program is meant to be taken alongside a PhD program at UMD, with its most intensive activities typically occurring during the second and third year of graduate study. COMBINE immerses graduate students in interdisciplinary research and training that integrates quantitative modeling methods from physics and mathematics with data processing, analysis, and visualization tools from computer science to gain deeper insights into the structural and dynamical principles governing living systems. 
COMBINE's curriculum is structured to train students from historically disparate disciplines (physics/mathematics, computational sciences/engineering, and life sciences) to emerge from graduate school as highly capable interdisciplinary researchers.
Program components include the following:
  • Two core courses (a Spring data- and communication-intensive course and a Fall biological network analysis methods course)
  • Interdisciplinary seminars
  • A peer-to-peer teaching component
  • A yearly professional development workshop
  • A yearly research symposium
  • Mentoring and outreach opportunities
  • Access to mentoring from world-class faculty
Program benefits include the following:
  • $34,000 stipend, tuition and health insurance for one year* on prestigious NSF Fellowship
  • Interdisciplinary training in applying physical and computing methods to solve biological problems
  • National and international internship opportunities
  • Professional development and networking opportunities, including travel support
  • Outreach opportunities
  • Academic and industrial professional development including travel support
*Stipend-, tuition, and insurance-receiving fellows must be US citizens residents. International students may join the program as non-stipend fellows and will receive all other program benefits.
Find out more about COMBINE on their main site and about applying for the program as a prospective UMD student on our Admissions site.
Applications are due January 1, 2018.
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COMBINE: Computation and Mathematics for Biological Networks