Funded by the National Institute of Health (1 T32 GM135096) in 2015, the objectives of the UMass Biotechnology Training Program are to:
- Create a scholarly and social infrastructure to facilitate new and strengthen existing interdisciplinary networks at UMass, particularly those at the interface of engineering and the life sciences;
- Educate students in the fundamentals of quantitative biotechnology through new lecture and laboratory courses;
- Train students to appreciate the impact of biotechnology commercially through a tailored industrial internship and regular interactions with industrial personnel;
- Provide students with opportunities to improve interdisciplinary communication, expand career opportunities, and sharpen professional skills; and
- Increase the number of students, particularly those from underrepresented minority groups groups, who pursue careers in biotechnology.
The Biotechnology Training Program will recruit matriculated predoctoral students from BTP training faculty labs within five degree-granting programs (Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Polymer Science & Engineering, Veterinary & Animal Sciences, Molecular & Cellular Biology). Traineeships will typically be awarded to students to support their 2nd and 3rd years of study. Students will complete a prescribed curriculum over two years and may elect to obtain a graduate certificate in Cellular Engineering. All traineeship-supported students will complete an industrial internship, typically of 10-15 weeks duration. US citizens are eligible for NIH-supported traineeships, and all students from BTP labs are eligible for UMass-supported traineeships.
As the program matures, we will report on an annual basis average time to degree, percentage of students who successfully attain a PhD, average number of publications per student graduated from PhD, and percentage of number of URM and students with disabilities in the program and graduated.
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