NRT Trainee Expectations

Required Program Elements

Participants in the NRT program are required to complete the following program elements:  

  1. Participate in the CASBBI NRT orientation boot camp and workshops. 
  2. Participate in PROV 801 during Fall and PROV 802 during Spring (3 credits each). 
  3. Participate in the trainee-led CASBBI professional development series. 
  4. Attend at least 75% of CASBBI social hours/seminars
  5. Participate in the Annual NRT Retreat. 
  6. Present your research at least one time per year at an interdisciplinary venue (for example, CASBBI seminar).  
  7. Use e-Portfolios to document and reflect on required program elements. 
  8. Develop an Interdisciplinary Individual Development Plan 
  9. Acknowledge NSF NRT support in journal articles, presentations, posters, and any other products  that emerge from work supported by the CASBBI NRT. 
  10. Report on your accomplishments (e.g., publications, presentations, grants) while participating in  the NRT program. 
  11. Complete Responsible Conduct of Research training (required) and CITI Human Subjects  training (if necessary). 
  12. Participate in mentoring the next cohort of trainees.  
  13. Optional (Recommended): Complete a laboratory rotation with a co-mentor. Deliverables will be  defined in coordination with your mentors and the NRT Program Director.  

Please note that in addition to completing the CASBBI NRT program requirements, participation in the program and funding (if applicable) is contingent upon continued satisfactory progress in your degree program.

NRT trainees who have been admitted to the program must review the above requirements with their degree program faculty mentor/advisor AND their department’s graduate program coordinator, and sign the trainee agreement prior to starting the program. Additional details and the signature form will be shared by the NRT Program Coordinator.

Trainee Outcomes

We expect that trainees who have participated in the CASBBI NRT program and completed the requirements described above will be able to demonstrate the following Convergence Learning skills when faced with a complex societal problem:  

  • Define a problem from multiple perspectives based on disciplinary knowledge, lived experiences, and community knowledge
  • Utilize design thinking principles to break down open-ended problems
  • Develop creative solutions by adapting and applying theories and methodologies from different disciplines
  • Communicate effectively with stakeholders and broad audiences
  • Work productively on diverse teams