Additional Features of the GAANN Biotechnology Fellowship

Your advisor must be a member of the Biotechnology faculty. (If your advisor is not yet a member of the Biotechnology faculty, he or she should contact Dr. Robert Kelly, Director of the Biotechnology Program, as to the application procedure.)

A member of the GAANN Biotechnology Fellowship Committee must be included as a “normal” or an ad hoc (i.e. nonvoting) member of your thesis advisory committee.In either case, you should include your GAANN representative in the activities of your committee such as meetings to discuss your progress, plan of work, etc. The faculty listed below are members of the GAANN Biotechnology Fellowship Committee and summaries of their research interests are available at

Dr. Robert Kelly | Dr. Clay Clark | Dr. Margaret Daub | Dr. Alex Deiters| Dr. Jason Haugh |
Dr. Todd Klaenhammer | Dr. Heike Sederoff | Dr. Barbara Sherry | Dr. Jeff Yoder

You must pursue an interdisciplinary course of study, combining your major with a minor in biotechnology.

Fellows must be full-time graduate students. Please see section 3.15 of the Graduate Administrative Handbook for full-time registration requirements. Fellows must be engaged in full-time coursework or research during each summer session. At no time during the Fellowship period may a GAANN Fellow engage in gainful employment other than part-time employment involved in teaching, research, or similar activities determined by the Graduate School to be in support of progress towards the degree.

You must have a supervised teaching experience during your graduate program, preferably during the period supported by the Fellowship. This requirement could be fulfilled by your participation for one year in the "Preparing the Professoriate" program. Additional information on this program is available at Alternative plans for meeting the teaching experience requirement are possible but must be approved by the Program Director.

You must engage in an on- or off-campus project designed to promote biotechnology education.

Contingent upon the availability of funds, your graduate program has the option (but not the obligation) of re-nominating you for up to one additional year of GAANN fellowship support, provided that 1) you are maintaining satisfactory progress in your doctoral program, as certified by your advisor and Director of Graduate Programs, 2) you are maintaining a 3.5 GPA, and 3) your research focus remains in biotechnology.

Your financial need will be re-assessed annually. Each year you will be asked to complete a new Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) available on-line at

For complete information on your GAANN Fellowship, please take a look at the NC State GAANN Fellowship web site. In particular, please carefully review the GAANN Biotechnology Fellowship "Fact Sheet" available at this web site.

If you have any questions about the financial aspects of your fellowship, please contact Dr. David Shafer, Assistant Dean of the Graduate School, at 919.515.4462 ( If you have questions about the academic aspects, please contact Dr. Robert Kelly, Director of the Biotechnology Program, at 919.515.6396 (

For additional information on the GAANN Fellowship Program, please contact Dr. David Shafer, Assistant Dean, at 919-515-4462 or via e-mail at