This project is providing professional development activities to improve the quality and relevance of a community college bioscience education. Biotechnology program leaders from the three partner colleges are leading the hands-on, "boot camp" laboratory component of the project. The National Center for the Biotechnology Workforce (NCBW) is home to the 2019 Bioscience Industry Fellowship Program (BIFP) which is sponsored by National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Award #1304010 and our association with NIIMBL. The BIFP is a three week observational and hands-on fellowship program where selected instructors reside in Winston–Salem, North Carolina, during June, for an immersion in NC Bioscience; educational institutions, training facilities, laboratories, classrooms, and industrial and education sites including BRITE, Capstone and BTEC of NC State.

Project collaborators supporting site visits include  Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, Joint School of Nanoscience & Nanoengineering and Gateway University Research Park, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, David H. Murdock Research Institute, North Carolina Research Campus, Biogen, Cook Medical, Pfizer and the NC Biotechnology Center.

The BIFP is open to high school, community college, or university instructors, from all disciplines, in good standing at their home institution. Applications are reviewed on a first come first serve basis for eligible candidates.

ATE Award Metadata

Award Number
Funding Status
ATE Start Date
January 1st, 2014
ATE Expiration Date
December 31st, 2019
ATE Principal Investigator
Russ Read
Primary Institution
Forsyth Technical Community College
Record Type
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