The Importance of Biotechnology for You and the World
Thursday, February 27, 2014
A bachelor’s degree is the first step in paving a path that will lead you to develop cures for diseases, create biofuel to help the Earth by reducing emissions, and foster agriculture to feed the hungry around the world. On a global scale, biotechnology benefits the world and the people in it. It is a diverse field too. Careers in biotechnology range from laboratory assistants and researchers, to manufacturing technicians. This diversity also includes writers and editors for trade journals and media, PR, and marketing specialists, as well as genetic counselors who work with those affected by genetic disorders; and the field is growing! According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, some careers in biotechnology are expected to grow 19 percent from 2012-2022, faster than the occupational average. By investing in your future through education, a career in biotechnology is around the corner. It is an exciting career that is changing the world!
The biotechnology program at the University of Rhode Island Feinstein Providence Campus is a leader in the biotech industry. The program is closely aligned with the bioscience industry. Students attend numerous industry symposiums and events meeting many of the key figures in the regional bioscience industry. Because this program has been so successful in matching students to industry needs, it has become very popular among a wide span of age groups. Students range from high school graduates to adults who are looking to earn a degree. The program focuses on real life experience and fosters students in the field through internships with area organizations. Laboratory facilities at the Providence Campus are state of the art, faculty comes primarily from industry and small class size results in the intensive laboratory training necessary for success in this industry.
In November the program received a $174,000, two-year grant from the Amgen Foundation to implement the Amgen Biotech Experience, an innovative science education program. The Amgen Foundation seeks to advance science education; improve patient access to quality care; and strengthen the communities where Amgen staff members live and work. Because of the work happening at URI and through the funds provided by Amgen, students have the means to better the world through science.
When considering a future career, and the future of the world, consider the exciting and important field of biotechnology. A single step begins with an appointment. URI Providence is now enrolling for the fall 2014 semester. Help heal, fuel, and feed the world through biotechnology. For more information on a career in biotechnology click here.
The University of Rhode Island Feinstein Providence Campus is located at 80 Washington St. Providence, RI 02903. Visit www.uri.edu/prov or call today to meet with an advisor at (401)-277-5162.
This article was written By Michael Gravison; Graduate Student in Communication Studies at the University of Rhode Island Feinstein Providence Campus. This column is part of an ongoing sponsored content series with The University of Rhode Island Feinstein Providence Campus.
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With Stowe and Sugarbush nearby, finding challenging terrain is not an issue at colleges in northern Vermont. Students at Middlebury enjoy the Snow Bowl, owned by the college, for a quick few runs when they are not up for a car ride. In less than a half hour however, they can hit the slopes at Sugarbush or Stowe. You will need to be a top student to get into Middlebury though; with an acceptance rate of just 18%, the college is among a handful of the most selective liberal arts colleges in the country.
University of Vermont
Heading north, in the picturebook city of Burlington on the shores of Lake Champlain, you will find the University of Vermont. Famous for producing both Alpine and Downhill Olympic skiers, UVM is a mecca for winter sports lovers. Buses head from campus to the slopes on the weekends, and students tune their skis in the dorm hallways at night. Sugarbush and Stowe are the most popular ski destinations for UVMers, but Smuggler’s Notch and Jay Peak also draw sports classes and snowboarders looking for slopes off the beaten path. UVM is different than most state schools in that 75% of students come from out-of-state, the university boasts an amazing honors college, it’s home to a ground breaking environmental studies program and a highly rated medical school.
St. Michael's College
Nearby in Colchester, St. Michael’s is a hidden gem among Catholic colleges in New England. St. Mike’s has a warm, pretty campus with a wide variety of majors, including business. Easy access to Burlington and all the same ski areas as UVM, make St. Mike’s a great option for students wanting a small college with reasonable acceptance rates and a nurturing academic environment.
For skiers and snowboarders who can make the Ivy League cut, there is really only one college: Dartmouth. Whether you race cross country or are a downhill enthusiast, Dartmouth’s long tradition of elite athletics will ensure top notch competition. Dartmouth has their own “SkiWay”, but it’s not on campus and most students prefer the challenge of a bigger mountain. Since Dartmouth sits close to the New Hampshire/Vermont boarder, there are quite a few options for big mountain skiing, with Killington and Okemo less than 45 minutes away.
New England College
New England College in Henniker is a tiny, ski lovers’ gem. For students who prefer a small college with very personal attention, NEC is a great choice. Those with learning differences will also find a warm and accepting environment with professor mentorships and all the tools necessary to succeed in college. Students at NEC form a tight knit community and can often be seen heading off with boards tucked under their arms in groups each afternoon to hit the slopes at nearby Loon or Waterville.
Plymouth State University
Plymouth State offers another option for boarders and skiers in central New Hampshire. With easy access to Waterville, Loon, Cannon and even the North Conway area, there are many choices for big mountain skiing. The college sprawls up the hillside in the quaint town of Plymouth, which is filled with shops and restaurants. With a medium size student body, reasonable acceptance rate and low tuition, Plymouth State is easily accessible for many students.
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