Frequently Asked Questions

What are the Bioengineering Interdisciplinary Training in Diabetes Research Program (BTDR) eligibility requirements?

  • Background in one or more of the following disciplines: engineering, physical sciences, computational sciences, analytical chemistry, pharmacology, physiology, and endocrinology.
  • Strong research background and a commitment to innovative technology development and diabetes related research.
  • Must be U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States.
  • Must meet or exceed the general admissions requirements for intended degree program.
  • Finalists for the BTDR Program will be asked to submit a two-page proposal, including a summary of your interests, qualifications, and proposed research.

What are the specific BTDR Program requirements?

  • Conduct bioengineering projects relevant to diabetes and metabolic diseases;
  • Complete specific T32 and BME curriculum requirements.

What are the advantages of the BTDR Program?

  • Proactive vertical mentorship plan committed to interdisciplinary training, diversity, professional development, and broader impact
  • Joint mentorship of each trainee by at least two faculty members within disparate but synergistic areas of expertise, yielding collaborative co-mentored predoctoral research and training relevant to diabetes and metabolic diseases
  • Professional and career development initiatives tailored to individual trainee career aspirations and needs
  • Uncommon and robust interdisciplinary biomedical curriculum interfacing diabetology, hypothesis-driven research, engineering design, standardization and validation, regulatory policy, technology translation, entrepreneurship, and professional ethics  

What is the application procedure if I have an interest in the BTDR Program?

Applicants should follow the online application procedure for their degree program of choice and enter "diabetes" as one of your key words in the supplemental form found within the online application. See the BTDR admissions page for links to the program admissions requirement webpages.

May I contact faculty to ask about their research?

Yes. Please feel free to contact training faculty members to discuss their current research projects. Be specific about your interests in their research and also about your background (skills and knowledge) and how you can contribute to their research group and the BTDR Program. This discussion will allow both you and the faculty member to assess if your research interests are well aligned. 

If I am accepted into the BTDR program, when will I begin my studies?

Students accepted into the BTDR program will participate in orientation and training at the Indiana University School of Medicine during the summer before the first year of PhD study begins.