GEMS is led by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) and housed within the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology (IGB), an interdisciplinary institute dedicated to transformative research and technology in life sciences using team-based strategies to tackle grand societal challenges. Founded in 1867, UIUC has been a research powerhouse, with over 150 centers, laboratories and research institutes, and an expansive research portfolio in agriculture, social and natural sciences, and engineering that has allowed for the highly diverse and collaborative scientists and education researchers who have come together to form the GEMS Integration Institute.
Indiana University (IU) Bloomington, founded in 1820, is the flagship campus of IU’s seven campuses and is ranked among the world’s most innovative universities. The Department of Biology encompasses a range of research domains integrated within one department, allowing for beneficial interactions and innovative collaborations among researchers with expertise in neurobiology, molecular biology, molecular genetics, and evolution.
The University of Chicago is a private research university founded in 1890. The university operates more than 140 research centers and institutes on its campus and supports pioneering faculty research with broad impact. The Department of Ecology and Evolution is at the forefront of ecological and evolutionary genomics with research centered on the application of quantitative techniques and current technologies to investigate the conceptual foundations of ecology and evolution.
UNC Greensboro is a public research university founded in 1891. The university takes pride in its learner-centered approach and is home to seven professional schools including the School of Education which is ranked among the top in the nation for its program in measurement and assessment. The Department of Educational Research Methodology (ERM) specializes in the fields of research methodology, measurement sciences, program evaluation, and applied statistics, and the Office of Assessment, Evaluation, and Research Services, a division of the ERM, offers valuable research and evaluation support to organizations.