CBIS Students


CBIS supports the many outstanding academic programs offered RPI by providing a cross-disciplinary center that encourages interweaving ideas from engineering, computation, architecture, business, and even the humanities. Students at all levels of study are encouraged to "apply science to the common purposes of life." Whether you're an undergraduate business student, a graduate student, CBIS offers opportunities for meaningful engagement in research at all levels.

Undergraduate Research

We encourage interested students to participate in the research activities of the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies and become a CBIS URP Fellow. Opportunities are available for students at all levels from Freshman to Senior year. Up to twenty or more paid fellowships will be available to undergraduates seeking a research experience within the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies during the Fall or Spring semester. The funding will be supported by way of Institute commitment, CBIS commitment and PI or Department commitment. Any student wishing to receive credit rather than funding would be provided funding towards Core Usage.

In contrast to other mechanisms, the CBIS URP initiative is aimed at increasing exposure of students to interdisciplinary research where a match between a student and advisor from different departments is given a priority. It is anticipated that these fellowships will add to and further increase the significant number of undergraduate students working in CBIS laboratories (more than 1000 over last 10 years). The exposure to research at CBIS continues to be an invaluable experience for our students and, to the extent possible, faculty should encourage and consider participation of undergraduates in conference/peer-reviewed publications.

All interested student(s) to submit the Institute URP application and required documents to Tasha Neaton, CBIS Business Coordinator, Room 2231, (518) 276-4454 at the beginning of each semester. Applications are reviewed by CBIS faculty and staff and the selected students, as well as their advisors, are notified within two business days from the receipt deadline.

The Arch Undergraduate Certificate in Research Training

The Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Research will be offering The Arch Certificate in Research Training this summer for the Arch. The immersive, hands-on experience will prepare students for an away semester opportunity in the Fall or Spring to make them more competitive as they apply for internships, co-ops and research opportunities.
Students enrolled in the Certificate program will be trained on the Core facilities available in CBIS (Microscopy, NMR, Stem Cell, Genomics, Flow Cytometry, Proteomics) with Core facilities from other Research Centers such as cMDIS being added. 

Graduate Research

Graduate students are important participants in the research laboratories at CBIS. We view graduate-student participation in research as a critical part of graduate education. Selecting a graduate school is one of the most important decisions a person can make in his or her professional career. Through Rensselaer’s Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies, students can benefit from the guidance of outstanding faculty members who represent eight different university departments. Select a link below to learn more about a specific Academic Department or to begin the process of becoming a Rensselaer graduate student:

Forms and Applications

Outreach to Tomorrow's Students

Over the past several years, juniors and seniors from local high schools have learned how to do research in CBIS labs on an informal basis. We have created a formal outreach program that hosts high schools students during the school year and over the summer. Our goal is to interest more young people, women in particular, in science and engineering careers, and to promote undergraduate studies at Rensselaer. Interested schools/students should contact the Director of CBIS, Deepak Vashishth at vashid@rpi.edu

Remarks from previous students/schools:

“The CBIS science internship program allows Emma Willard students to see how science is truly done by experts in their fields. They have the opportunity to apply what they learn in the classroom to real world activities, making science tangible and significant. They learn important scientific techniques by using cutting edge technology. They develop valuable relationships with professionals and other science students. Most importantly, they have a chance to explore their passions along with like-minded people. It is a wonderful program that benefits both institutions.” Anne Mossop, EWS Director of Practicum/Independent Study