CBI Program Outcomes

  • The UMass CBI program, founded in 1995 with a small number of NIH Traineeships, has always aimed to enhance training of a much larger number of students. Thus we are very proud of our network of over 143 CBI Alumni who completed the CBI curriculum over the past 25 years.
  • Impact. While we currently have 8 NIH-funded traineeships, over the past 15 years the program has consistently averaged ~60 CBI Trainees following the curriculum, demonstrating our high impact on training and our commitment to inclusivity. By seeding many other campus initiatives, including IALS and BTP, CBI has a major impact on the growth of interdisciplinary science on this campus.
  • The CBI community is highly collaborative: at the start of 2020, CBI Faculty funding included $1.3M in current year direct cost for collaborative research grants, and collaborative projects among the CBI Faculty have led to over 112 joint publications.
  • For the 2015-2019 period, all training grant eligible students graduating from CBI labs have an average time-to-degreeof 5.8 years (compared to 5.8 years  for Chemistry and 6.3 years for MCB, the two programs which provide the greatest number of CBI students). Students from under-represented groups graduate in a similar time, averaging 5.7 years.
  • For students who entered in 2008-2012, PhD completion ratesfrom CBI labs are 88% for all students and 89% for students from under-represented groups (compare to 74% over the same period for our five participating graduate programs).
  • Publication rates.For 74 representative TGE (training grant eligible) students who completed their PhD degrees in CBI labs in 2010-2019, each student published an average of 5.6 total papers and 2.4 first-author papers, with very similar publication rates for students from under-represented groups (5.5 total papers and 1.9 first-author papers). Very few students graduated with no first-author publications: 8% (6) of all students and 13% (1) of students from under-represented groups.
  • Career Placement. Of the 46 TGE students who completed PhD degrees in CBI labs in 2015-2019, 45 (98%) are employed in research-intensive or research-related jobs and one is on the job market. These recent CBI alumni work in a range of positions and sectors including 15 (33%) postdocs in academia, industry, or government labs, 23 (50%) employed in industry, 2 in government research, 2 in tenure-track academic positions, and 3 in academic teaching, science, or administrative positions.