Integrating Research and Careers on the Phenotype

A National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT)



What is an EXPAND Trainee?

  • University of Virginia graduate student pursuing doctoral education in the life sciences (Biology, Psychology, Environmental Sciences, Neuroscience, BIMS) 
  • Designs and conducts interdisciplinary research to understand phenotype development and function 
  • Takes part in transformative and interdisciplinary coursework, both conceptual and quantitative 
  • Engages in seminars and workshops that foster career development and professional skills 
  • Participates in career building internships 
  • Contributes to creating an interactive and inclusive community of life scientists

Ways to become an EXPAND Trainee

Ways to become a Trainee


Career and Professional Development Opportunities 


Career and Professional Development Wheel


Additional Opportunities to Participate


Additional Ways to Participate


Fellowship and Funding Opportunities


EXPAND Funding Opportunities