Photo of Biotechnology Training Program trainee Dylan Courtney
Photo of Biotechnology Training Program trainee Taylor Cook

NIH National Institute of General Medical Sciences logoThe Biotechnology Training Program (BTP) at the University of Wisconsin­­–Madison offers an opportunity for doctoral students to obtain specific training and experience in the ever-growing field of biotechnology, complete with focused coursework, an industry internship, and funding for up to two years. BTP is a multi-disciplinary training program funded by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, an institute of the NIH. It also receives substantial support from the UW–Madison Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education and participating UW­–Madison schools, colleges, and departments. Learn more at our About page or continue reading for some information on what you can get out of the program.

BTP at a Glance

Average years to degree: 5.8

Be a part of a group of talented doctoral students who on average graduate in less than six years. Over the last 15 years, 158 students have been part of the program. Of those, 86% have either completed their Ph.D. or are still in training.

URM Trainees who finished a Ph.D or are still in training: 93%

BTP fosters an environment that welcomes all scientists and promotes excellence and strength through diversity.

Average number of publications: 5.5

During their training, trainees publish an average of 5.5 academic articles and serve as first author on 2.9 of them.

A Biotechnology Training Program Trainee writes in a lab notebook

Trainees who receive additional fellowships: 43%

Our trainees are highly sought after. Over one third of them receive other fellowships to support their graduate work during non-BTP funded years, such as from the National Science Foundation or the university itself.

Biotechnology Training Program trainee Edna Chiang working on her computer

Career opportunities after BTP: Infinite

BTP alumni have successful careers in many biotechnology-related areas in both academia and industry.

A BTP trainee uses a gel box.

From Cuba to cancer research at UW–Madison:
Watch BTP alumnus Reinier Hernandez discuss his experience