|September 28 , 2004|
MISSION COLLEGE WINS SCIENCE GRANT
The U.S. Department of Education
has awarded a three-year, $322-thousand grant to Los Angeles Mission College
to help guide students toward careers in the biomedical and biotechnological
The grant will fund TRAILS
- or Team Research Approach in Laboratory Science, as the new program
will be called.
Among other things, it will
allow Mission College to equip biology and chemistry labs with high-tech
research instruments, including a spectrophotometer, microcentrifuges,
incubator, tube shaker, vacuum pump, micro-pipettors, and numerous other
The labs will be used by students
in a new molecular biology course designed to better prepare them for
university transfer toward degrees and careers in the biomedical and biotechnological
A key component of the grant
will allow promising students to get "real world" experience
in biomedical research. Each summer, 10 students will be selected to work
as paid interns, assisting university instructors or researchers at private
companies, said Mike Reynolds, Mission College biology instructor and
a co-director of the program.
"We have many talented
students capable of doing high-level research at the university or private
level, " he said. "But they're in an economic situation where
they have earn money during the summer just to stay in school. "
The paid internships will allow them to enhance their research skills, continue their education, and earn valuable summer dollars, he said.
Angela Echeverri, microbiology/chemistry
instructor and co-director of the program, said Mission College will work
closely with California State University, Northridge, and the private
biotech firm Mannkind Corporation of Valencia. Both have hired Mission
College students as research interns in the past. Reynolds said he hopes
to bring other biomed firms on board as well.
The grant proposal was written by Echeverri, Reynolds and Young-Ji Lee, Mission College program specialist.