The DevSci Center for Transdisciplinary Training provides a cross-campus umbrella for interdisciplinary training on how early development shapes the lifespan. Spanning from neural mechanisms to community-based intervention application, the center offers a DevSci Cluster for graduate trainees and a Pediatric Fellowship Program with didactic and experiential training in the “art and the science” of transdisciplinary developmental science research. It is also designed as a springboard for training grants and opportunities for trainees at all levels to participate in this integrative scientific network.
DevSci Graduate Student Cluster
Students in the cluster have access to a host of supports including eligibility for seed funding grants and access to experts in developmental science. Additional resources include a certificate program, training grant support and a pediatric fellowship. The DevSci cluster is designed to provide the next generation of developmental scientists with the theoretical and technical tools to advance the DevSci mission.
DevSci students have a variety of interests related to developmental sciences spanning multiple disciplines. DevSci Cluster students have opportunities to meet with experts in diverse disciplines, meet with other graduate students with overlapping interests, and receive training and funding opportunities through seed funding. In 2018, a grand total of $15,000 was awarded to five graduate students who exemplified the transformative and ambitious approach DevSci applies to promoting lifespan health and well-being.
DevSci’s Center for Transdisciplinary Training’s mission is to advocate student training in developmental sciences, geared toward innovations in biomedical and social sciences with an emphasis on early life and experiences and/or developmental mechanisms of health and well-being across the lifespan. Recipients are expected to exemplify DevSci’s fundamental goals toward interdisciplinary innovation.
This year DevSci granted a total of $6,000 to recipients Jiayin Xiang and Ping Rochanavibhata for their innovative and nuanced project proposals.
Transdisciplinary Developmental Sciences Certificate
The Graduate School is now offering a Transdisciplinary Developmental Sciences Certificate for DevSci cluster members. This certificate is for students to develop an in-depth understanding of the developmental emergence and course of the mechanisms and processes related to their field. We aim to train scientific leaders who will break new ground on the scientific priorities of our times including uncovering malleable roots of disease, the seeds of lifespan wellbeing, and translation of discovery to application in real world settings.
DevSci hosts a multitude of academic, training, and social events throughout the year to act as a resource for our cluster students. These events are aimed to support cluster research interests and strengthen the transdisciplinary network. These events include our Developmental Science Monthly Forum, which occur once a month with a livestream option of attendance and lunch provided. We also host thematic developmental exchanges where four researchers from different perspectives join together for a 90-minute program. Additionally, a student Data Blitz and poster presentation is held each spring to allow for scholarly interaction between presents and faculty/student attendees.
DEVSCI GRADUATE STUDENT FELLOWSHIP
DevSci offers fellowship support for a graduate student engaged in collaborative research in the developmental sciences. The fellowship is designed to provide exceptional candidates with the opportunity and protected research time to build scientific bridges across their home laboratory to another developmentally-focused laboratory as a means of bringing new methods/approaches to bear on critical questions. A goal for the fellowship year is for students to develop an in-depth understanding of the developmental emergence and course of the mechanisms and processes related to their field, through investigation, training and/or coursework. A call for applications will be circulated in the spring of 2020.
DevSci Doctoral Student Ambassadors
Naomi is a third year PhD student in the Cognitive Area of Northwestern’s psychology graduate program. She studies how young children learn and problem solve during out-of-school experiences, such as when visiting the Chicago Children’s Museum or when playing with touchscreens at home. This year Naomi is serving as a DevSci Doctoral Student Representative. For questions about the graduate student cluster and DevSci, contact her at email@example.com.
Ivanka Ristanovic is a second year PhD student in the Clinical Area of the psychology graduate program. She studies biomarkers associated with increased risk for developing psychotic disorders and is particularly interested in stress, hormonal imbalances, and motor abnormalities. This year, Ivanka is serving as a DevSci Graduate Student Representative. For question about the graduate student cluster and DevSci, you can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Emily Landau is a first year PhD student in the Clinical Psychology Program. She is interested in studying social communication in individuals with autism and their family members. She is currently serving as a DevSci Doctoral Student Representative. For question about the graduate student cluster and DevSci, you can contact her at EmilyLandau2025@u.northwestern.edu.
Kritika is a PhD candidate in the Clinical Psychology Program interested in the brain-behavior relationships in autism, and their possible genetic roots. She is currently serving as a DevSci Doctoral Student Representative. For questions about the Graduate Student Cluster and DevSci, contact her at KritikaNayar2014@u.northwestern.edu.