The Bioelectronics curriculum is designed to provide students a strong foundation in team work and navigating productive research collaborations across different disciplines. Students participate in a multiyear curriculum, which involves primarily one unit courses, in addition to the requirements of their graduate program.
During the first semester in the program, NRT participants will take Interdisciplinarity I, a 1-unit course where students read team science literature on the assumptions that guide scientific practice, communication, and group integration. During the second semester, NRT participants will take Interdisciplinarity II, a 1-unit course that covers past technological innovations that required interdisciplinary collaboration for success. In this course, students will form teams, and they will learn about team catalysts. These teams will include at least two students, who must be from different PhD programs, and they will draft proposals that define a problem and project ideas that they will pursue in the lab. NRT participants will additionally take an Ethics Course and a Team Colloquium, which are both 1-unit courses.
In year 2, NRT participants will take a Team Research Course, where they: (1) draft a synthesis article on their team project, (2) participate in the lab meetings of their partner’s mentors, (3) collaborate on research. In parallel, NRT participants will take a Team Writing Course, where they attend a writing workshop and then work in groups to analyze one another’s writing with guidance, thereby learning how to provide constructive feedback and organize ideas logically. Teams will be also required to contribute oral presentations, for which they will receive training, at the Team Colloquium and posters at the annual symposium.
NRT participants will take a Civic Communication Seminar, which covers types of public communication, their societal importance, and effective communication. As a capstone activity, NRT participants will organize an outreach activity. NRT participants will take short Leadership and Management Courses, which facilitate developing strategies for exerting power effectively, applying problem-solving techniques, creating strong interpersonal relationships, and gaining skills for leading projects. NRT participants will continue to participate in the Team Colloquium and the Team Writing Course. In the latter course, students will provide peer-feedback on manuscripts describing their team research findings.