How To Get Involved

Working with professorMSU BEST is open to Ph.D. students and post-docs at MSU, who are in good standing in their departments and who have the support of their advisor/mentor in participating in this program. As the program is funded by federal dollars, there are certain restrictions, and priority is given to students who are U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents; interested international students are encouraged to apply and will be accepted on a rolling basis as space permits.  Each cohort is restricted to no more than 30 BEST trainees, be they graduate students or post docs.

BEST Trainees come from a variety of disciplines and departments: see here for a list of our current trainees.

How To Apply:

If you are a current or newly-admitted student at MSU and are interested in joining the MSU BEST cohort for the 2016-2017 academic year, please discuss this with your (current or future) advisor. BEST requires that potential trainees submit these documents.

1. A personal statement wherein you answer two questions: How would BEST contribute to your personal and professional goals? and what would you contribute to the community of BEST Trainees?

2. A copy of your CV.

3. A letter (or email) of support from your MSU Advisor indicating his or her support for your participation in BEST. For students who have not yet been assigned an advisor, please ask a current advisor or supervisor to provide a letter of support. These notes can be sent directly to See here for sample language of support (advisor can copy it and email it, under his or her signature, to

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until September 30, 2016. Apply Now ›