GSAS is pleased to introduce a portfolio of exciting new interdisciplinary research opportunities to its faculty and PhD students, the Harvard Interdisciplinary Graduate Consortia. Graduate Consortia are non-degree, self-organized groups of affiliated scholars who collaboratively investigate broad topics such as human rights, global health, and climate change.  Each consortium will serve as a structured hub around which interested faculty, students, and staff can rotate through a series of topical proseminars, courses, lectures, journal clubs, conferences, full-immersion boot camps, and other self-managed activities.

The Graduate Consortium in Microbial Sciences is being offered by the University's Microbial Sciences Initiative (MSI), and explores an expanding biological field that has attracted intense interdisciplinary interest. The Graduate Consortium on Energy and Environment fosters a new community of students and faculty who will be well versed in the broad, interconnected issues of energy and environment while maintaining their focus in their primary discipline. The Graduate Consortium in Infectious Diseases, under the umbrella of the Harvard Integrated Life Sciences (HILS) Program, builds on the existing strengths of infectious disease research across schools at Harvard University and creates new synergies for students and faculty alike.

One new Consortium has been launched this academic year: the Graduate Consortium in Evolutionary Genomics. This new Consortium will explore an emerging field that crosses traditional disciplinary boundaries to generate practical, mechanistic, and descriptive understandings of genomic variation, both among individuals within species and among species.