ANN ARBOR, Mich.—The University of Michigan has been awarded a three-year, $1.5 million program by the National Science Foundation to increase the participation of women and minorities in doctorate programs funded by the foundation. James A. Teeri, professor emeritus of ecology and evolutionary biology, directs the Michigan program, which began in mid-October. His mission is to recruit graduate students for NSF’s Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) programs around the country. "In the last 10 years there has been a growing realization that the really big problems in science are not going to be solved within one discipline," Teeri said. "The big complex problems, like those affecting the environment or advances in information technology, will require expertise from many areas." NSF started the IGERT program in 1997 with the goal to educate U.S. doctorate students with interdisciplinary backgrounds, deep knowledge in their chosen disciplines and a combination of technical, professional and personal skills that will enable them to become leaders and agents for change in their careers.