IGERT: Research and Education in Nanotoxicity
The Research and Education in Nanotoxicology @ WVU IGERT (Interdisciplinary Graduate Education and Research Traineeships) offers graduate students from across campus the opportunity to participate in interdisciplinary research that will help us understand the interactions between nanomaterials, people and the environment with the end goal of developing better and safer nanomaterials for future applications in health care, energy and electronics.
This Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) award provides interdisciplinary training to graduate students to pursue research and innovation in the field of nanotoxicity. The program, which is individualized for each student’s personal and career goals, ensures that scientific understanding of the interaction of nanomaterials with people and the environment keeps pace with the development of new nanomaterials and their applications in consumer products.
Intellectual Merit: The promise of nanomaterials to revolutionize everything from energy efficiency to health cannot be realized without detailed understanding of the interactions between these innovative materials, the people who use them, and the environments in which they are used. This IGERT provides interdisciplinary perspective via collaborative research projects that link physical scientists and engineers with biological/biomedical scientists and engineers. Research focuses on nanomaterials already used in consumer products, those in development for future applications, and developing new methods for rapid nanotoxicity evaluation.
Broader Impacts: Students acquire a broad-based understanding of the field of nanotoxicity from multiple perspectives: varied scientific and engineering disciplines; industrial, academic and national laboratory contexts; and from an international perspective.. Participants learn to work effectively with their counterparts in other scientific and engineering fields, as well as develop the skills to communicate the nuances of this important and potentially controversial field to the public and to policy makers. Special focus is placed on digital communications tools that allow scientists and engineers to interact directly with the public.