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Bowie State Partners With EPA to Provide Student, Faculty Opportunities

February 1, 2012

WASHINGTON - Bowie State University (BSU) President Mickey L. Burnim signed a five-year agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to extend an existing partnership that will provide academic and practical experience opportunities for BSU students through internships, mentoring programs and research projects. The signing with EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson was held at EPA headquarters in Washington, D.C. Jan. 31.

BSU students like Melissa Parson, a junior majoring in business management from Laurel, Md., have had the opportunity to learn first-hand how to build a successful career. "After working with a mentor from EPA for a semester last spring, I learned how to best prepare for a career in business," she said. "This program actually led me to an internship opportunity with EPA doing grant-related work for the past two semesters."

The EPA/BSU partnership is designed to allow the university and the EPA to collaborate in enhancing faculty and student participation in joint research projects and increasing student access to employment opportunities at EPA.

"By partnering with the EPA, Bowie State University is providing important opportunities for students to gain valuable real-world experience that will prepare them for successful careers in a number of growing fields," said Burnim. "We are also gaining access to superior research facilities and expert scientists who can add substance to our various science curricula."

The College of Arts and Sciences joined the College of Business for the new agreement in an effort to provide development opportunities for more students and faculty. This addition will include faculty research collaboration with EPA scientists, the development of an environmental science curriculum and community outreach opportunities.

The new partnership extends the original agreement which was established in September 2009. EPA also signed agreements with Howard University and Wilberforce University. For more information about the EPA, visit the website.

PHOTO: From left to right, EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson; Wilberforce University President Patricia Lofton Hardaway; Howard University President Sidney A. Ribeau; and Bowie State University President Mickey L. Burnim, participated in the joint signing Jan. 31 at EPA headquarters in Washington. For more photos, click here.

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