Education at the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology

Known for cutting-edge, multidisciplinary research, the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology provides students the opportunity to learn and train in a unique environment. More than 100 graduate and 300 undergraduate students engage in education at the IGB while earning class credits, working in laboratory groups, collecting samples in the field, running experiments, and more. With more than 30 departments represented by faculty and affiliates from eight colleges, students encounter numerous opportunities to make valuable connections with Principal Investigators in their fields of study.

The IGB hosts graduate-level classes in topics ranging from physics to molecular-chemical biology and from natural resources to crop sciences. Through the facilities housed in the concourse level, students receive wet lab experience in a class setting and gain hands-on experience in modern scientific techniques, while the bioinformatics lab provides training in a wide variety of fields. Courses also involve interaction with world-class equipment for light microscopy, image analysis, and analytical instrumentation available in the IGB Core Facilities.

By becoming involved in the educational opportunities available at the IGB, students fulfill a vital part of our mission to advance life sciences research in the state of Illinois.

Opportunities abound for Fellowships on campus. In addition to becoming an IGB Fellow or a Woese Fellow, the Graduate College's Office of External Fellowships maintains a database of fellowships, including a Postdoctoral category.