Santa Cruz Tech Beat

Featured

$300K Keck Foundation grant will help prepare CSUMB students for bio sciences professions with Big Data

(Contributed)

July 19, 2017 — Seaside, CA

California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB) has received a grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation that will help modernize how biology is taught at CSUMB. The $300,000 grant will help fund equipment and course development needed to allow for a fully functioning facility for genome-level work and prepare students for careers in contemporary bioscience professions.

The project will provide the opportunity for students to acquire degree-level mastery in the application of big data science and scientific inquiry while building institutional research capabilities. The primary goals of this project are to:

  1. Meet growing regional, state and national employment needs in agriculture, biotechnology, health and science education.
  2. Develop students prepared for success in graduate and professional degree programs and impactful careers in the life sciences.
  3. Increase STEM graduation rates of Tri-county underrepresented students. By modernizing the biology curriculum, CSUMB improves its ability in meeting these goals and prepare students for a “Big Data” science professional environment.

By improving academic program and infrastructure, this funding will position CSUMB to offer a unique biology curriculum that keeps pace with a rapidly advancing field and provides necessary, career-enhancing opportunities to students. Providing access to quality educational experiences is a commitment of both CSUMB and the W. M. Keck Foundation.

“Technological advancements over the past 10 years have fundamentally changed how we conduct research in biology and the fields of genomics and bioinformatics are becoming core aspects of biological studies,” said School of Natural Science’s associate professor Nathaniel Jue. “This grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation will facilitate our ability to provide our students with the skill sets and experiences that will allow them to be successful in contemporary biological research fields.”

###

 

Sign up for our free weekly email digest!

Follow Now

Facebook Feed

We celebrated Santa Cruz Tech Beat's 5th Anniversary last Friday at NextSpace Coworking + Innovation

Thank you to our partners for your support!

youtu.be/bE-Xzi41Xlw?t=55s

South Swell Ventures, Central Coast Angels, UC Santa Cruz, Jack Baskin School of Engineering, Plantronics, Looker, City of Santa Cruz Economic Development Office, Launch Brigade, Amazon, City of Salinas, California State University, Monterey Bay, NextSpace Coworking + Innovation, Community Foundation Santa Cruz County, SCCBC - Santa Cruz County Business Council, Haynes Beffel & Wolfeld, Cabrillo College, Network Management Solutions, @paystand, Dignity Health Medical Networks, Buoy Labs, Angels by the Sea, County of Santa Cruz.Sara Isenberg founder of Santa Cruz Tech Beat at the Nextspace Happy Hour. Congrats to five years! Santa Cruz Tech Beat: www.santacruztechbeat.com Con...
... See MoreSee Less

14 hours ago  ·  

View on Facebook