Graduate Certificate in Protein Biotechnology

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Priority Deadlines:

  • Spring


  • Pullman

International Student English Proficiency Exams

International students may need to surpass the Graduate School’s minimum English language proficiency exam scores for this program. If the graduate program has unique score requirements, they will be detailed below. Otherwise, please refer to the Graduate School’s minimum score guidelines.

Degree Description:

The mission of the Protein Biotechnology Training Program is to expand access to research and research-related careers by helping trainees attain essential experiences, skills, and knowledge, particularly in protein research and creation of biotechnology, and by promoting research-informed graduate education and inclusive research ecosystems at WSU.

To earn this certificate, trainees complete twelve credits of coursework, including a flagship course on transferable skills involved in biotechnology creation, participate in monthly professional development, present at annual symposia, and complete a program-supported 2–3-month industrial internship.

Walk on participation is available to any interested WSU-Pullman graduate student.

Traineeships that include financial support for stipends, internships, and travel are funded by a T32 training grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, part of the National Institutes of Health, and contributions by Washington State University. These traineeships are assigned to doctoral matriculates in participating academic units, who nominate trainees for a traineeships. The participating doctoral programs are:


Admission Requirements:

Students completing this certificate participate in the NIH Biotechnology Training Program and are concurrently enrolled in a partner PhD program (Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering, Immunology and Infectious Diseases, Molecular Biosciences, or Molecular Plant Sciences). Students are typically nominated for Biotech participation by a partner doctoral program but may contact the program directly to solicit participation in the certificate. There are no tests required. Students earn the certificate by taking the required courses, performing an industrial externship, and participating in Biotech Program activities during their Ph.D. career.

Student Opportunities:

  • Program mentored and supported 2–3-month industry internship
  • Monthly professional development meetings, with emphasis in inclusive career training
  • Annual transdisciplinary and reseach-focused research symposium
  • Supplementary mentoring: peer mentoring and program leadership mentoring
  • Participation in a multidisciplinary protein-research focused cohort

Career Opportunities:

Internships promote career awareness and networking that transfer to long-term career success. Core training connects trainees to industry personnel and alumni who can serve as career coaches and contacts for ultimate career choices. Cohort inclusion increases graduate career publishing and degree completion, while shortening time-to-degree.

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