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Becoming an NFHC Graduate Student

The NFHC places a high value on training the next generation of researchers, food scientists, agronomists, public health workers, and entrepreneurs. There are multiple routes of entry into NFHC member laboratories.

NFHC Graduate Fellows

These students are recruited through the Complex Biosystems program. As the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s newest degree-granting graduate program, the Complex Biosystems program is designed for students wanting a non-traditional degree program. The Complex Biosystems program embodies the combination of interdisciplinary research and quantitative and computational approaches that are heavily emphasized in the Nebraska Food for Health Center.

The Complex Biosystems program is an umbrella program that comprises five different specializations (Microbial interactions, integrated plant biology, pathobiology and biomedical science, systems analysis, and computational organismal biology, ecology, and evolution). NFHC Graduate Fellows will be recruited preferentially through the Microbial interactions umbrella and will do their rotations among NFHC member laboratories with the expectation that the major professor is ultimately an NFHC member.

Other Degrees

For students who desire the interdisciplinary training environment of NFHC but prefer a degree from a disciplinary program, please apply through the corresponding departmental graduate programs affiliated with specific NFHC faculty (e.g. Food Science, Animal Science, Agronomy, Statistics, etc.).

Students interested in the primate-oriented models systems used by NFHC members at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, please apply through the Biology program at UNO. Likewise, students interested in the biomedical sciences and disease applications of NFHC should apply through programs affiliated with UNMC collaborators.