How to Apply

Our application process opens in February of each year.

Primary Graduate Programs (students may apply from other UCR graduate programs):

PhD and Masters students may participate.

Application Format

We ask for the following:

  1. Several short answer responses (e.g. Name and Advisor)
  2. A letter of recommendation from your current or planned major professor (Due after the application is due)
  3. One PDF combining a current CV and short responses to the following questions:

(1) Whether you are a biologist or engineer, describe your motivation for joining the Plants3D program. Describe your interests in synthetic biology and translational research related to plant and plant microbial sciences.
(500 words max)

(2) Describe any relevant coursework, teamwork and other experiences that have prepared you to participate in an interdisciplinary training program.
(500 words max)

(3) Describe how this training program will benefit your educational path and future opportunities.
(500 words max)

(4) Describe any aspects of your current or proposed graduate research that you feel is suitable for a project within this program.
(500 words max)


We will begin accepting applications in February each year.

The application link will be shared with faculty and interested students. If you or your faculty mentor did not receive the link, please send a request to .

Students accepted into a UCR graduate program in the Fall of 2022 or 2023 and interested in participating in the Plants3D programs should contact . Talk to your major professor about the opportunity as well.

Domestic and International students are welcome to participate.

Biologists: Julia Bailey-Serres () or Sean Cutler ().

Engineers: Ian Wheeldon () or Harvey Blanch ().

Program Coordinator: Kristina Breckenridge ().

Current Plants 3D Trainees