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Collin Partners with TWU for Grant Program

COLLIN PARTNERS WITH TWU FOR GRANT PROGRAM

May 6, 2005 – Collin County Community College District (Collin) is partnering with a local university to provide scientific opportunities for students.

The North Texas Transition Program in Biomedical Science – an extension of the National Institute of Health’s Initiative for Minority Students: Bridges to the Baccalaureate – includes Texas Woman’s University (TWU) offering a paid scientific research opportunity for underrepresented demographic groups in the field of science.

TWU will accept five first-year Collin students into the program. During TWU’s summer I semester, the participating students must attend an introduction to lab course. During the summer II semester, the students will participate in a TWU mentor’s lab and begin a research project. Through the grant program, TWU will pay the students by the hour for their lab work and reimburse any travel expenses. Also, TWU provides free tutoring while attending Collin.

Not only are the students monetarily compensated, but they also earn research credit hours, paid for by TWU. Students also will have the opportunity of presenting their work in a spring research symposium at TWU, according to Program Director and TWU Biology professor Dr. Sarah McIntire. The program is designed to encourage science degrees and careers in science for those demographic groups not heavily represented in the field. According to McIntire, through the program, students are encouraged to attend Collin, earn a bachelor’s degree at a university and pursue master’s degrees and doctorates.

“The students know they are interested in science, but they don’t know what careers are available,” McIntire said. “This is designed to open their eyes to other things that are out there. There are all kinds of areas where one can use a higher level science degree.”

Students must participate in all activities established in the program, express an interest in biomedical science and maintain a 3.0 grade point average. Students are not obligated to attend TWU after the program and they may study any branch of science including chemistry or biology.

According to McIntire, through 1999-2002, the first four years of the program, 57 percent of the students earned a bachelor’s degree. Of those students, 75 percent entered into a graduate program.

“The program gives the students an opportunity to get into a research environment,” Dr. David McCulloch, Collin biology professor and the program’s coordinator, said. “That will be stimulating to an undergraduate interested in science. In this program, they will be able to do research in a university environment. Plus, they get paid to do it.”

For more information or to apply to the program, contact McCulloch at 972.881.5991.

Collin College serves more than 46,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs. The only public college in the county, Collin College is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development.