Bowie State University is executing a National Science Foundation-funded project designed to provide summer laboratory experience for undergraduate students (especially minorities) and high school science teachers in the field of biotechnology. The goals of the Biotechnology Summer Institute are to: promote the interest of students in biotechnology as alternative career path; provide research experience for students to succeed in postgraduate education; train personnel to serve in the burgeoning biotechnology industry in state of Maryland and the nation; and reach out to the youth in high schools by providing teachers additional skills in biotechnology to augment their capacity to prepare students to succeed in college. Upon completion, participants will earn a stipend of $200 and a certificate of participation.
Biotechnology has significantly evolved in the last two decades due in part to the contributions of the Human Genome Project and advances in recombinant DNA technology. These developments are transforming the fields of forensics, health, energy, and agricultural sciences. Teachers and students who complete this institute will be acquainted with the tools and techniques of modern biotechnology.
The institute will be presented by Dr. George Ude, who has over 15 years of high school and college teaching and research experiences. Other instructors include College of Arts and Sciences Dean George Acquaah and Professor Bradford Braden in the Department of Natural Sciences.