February 1, 2006
This report summarizes findings from an evaluation of the impacts of the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeships (IGERT) program. Through support of interdisciplinary graduate education programs in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, the IGERT program aims to educate U.S. Ph.D. scientists and engineers with the interdisciplinary backgrounds, deep knowledge in chosen disciplines, and technical, professional, and personal skills to become, in their own careers, leaders and creative agents for change. IGERT also aims to catalyze a cultural change in graduate education by establishing innovative models for graduate education and training in a fertile environment for collaborative research that transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries. The IGERT program strives to facilitate diversity in student participation and preparation, thus contributing to the development of a diverse, globally-engaged, science and engineering workforce.