TERC Launches Website for NSF's IGERT Program

June 25, 2009



CAMBRIDGE, MA–TERC has designed, developed, and launched the IGERT Resource Center (www.IGERT.org)—the comprehensive and interactive resource for educators and students involved in interdisciplinary graduate education spanning the natural and social sciences. The Resource Center provides an e-community for all current and prospective faculty and graduate students engaged in the National Science Foundation’s pioneering Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) program and using Web 2.0 technologies, acts as a hub to share research, work in progress, news, best practices, and serves as a dissemination vehicle to inform the public at large of the achievements of this flagship program.

“We are confident that this web site will be a useful resource both for prospective graduate students seeking to combine their interests in several scientific disciplines as well as for university faculty interested in creating new interdisciplinary Ph.D. programs,” says Joni Falk, Principal Investigator for the IGERT Resource Center. Falk, Co-PI Brian Drayton, and other TERC staff leveraged their previous work in interactive site design drawing on MSPnet (www.mspnet.org), the collaborative site created for NSF’s Math Science Partnership Program, and the NSF Science and Innovation prototype (http://innovation.terc.edu).

IGERT.org is a collaborative, content-rich network that encourages collegial exchange between students and faculty who share common interests but who are in different universities across the country. With features like virtual conference/webinar capabilities, discussion boards and community and private groups, site users have access to the most cutting-edge tools and capabilities available for audience-driven site management and development.

NSF's IGERT program addresses the challenge to produce U.S. Ph.D. scientists and engineers who are well equipped to draw on their interdisciplinary training as well as their deep knowledge in their chosen disciplines to be creative agents of change in the research and education sectors. The program establishes new models for graduate education and training for collaborative research that transcends traditional boundaries. It contributes to building a diverse, world-class, broadly inclusive and globally-engaged science and engineering workforce.