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bioscience academic & career pathway

A Partnership between the City of New Haven and Southern Connecticut State University

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what is bio-path? 

The Greater New Haven region is now home to the second largest cluster of biotechnology companies in New England. The City of New Haven and Southern Connecticut State University are making a concerted effort to support this growing economic sector through academic pathways and workforce development.

Bio-Path will help sustain the Greater New Haven region as a leader in bioscience by delivering specialized education, applied research, and promotional events in order to generate a pipeline of highly-skilled, well-educated citizens and workers.The Bio-Path initiative aims to grow interest and participation in bioscience education by providing academic and experiential learning programs that position graduates for the 21st century workforce. Southern Connecticut State University was chosen as the lead academic institution on this initiative as a result of its longstanding commitment and support for STEM disciplines, strong connections with local high schools and regional community colleges, and prime geographic location near the heart of New Haven.

Southern Connecticut State University continues to demonstrate its commitment to providing the highest level of academic quality in both undergraduate and graduate programs. The University held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on October 16th, 2015 to officially open the new Academic Science and Laboratory Building on campus. This 98,332 square-foot, four-level building will enhance the ongoing expansion of the University’s science programs and capacity to educate more students in the STEM disciplines.

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Departments & faculty 

There are a number of instrumental departments within the Bio-Path initiative including:
Biology | Chemistry | Computer Science

Bio-Path Related Faculty Websites: (Partial List)
Dr. Sarah Crawford - Cancer Biology & Genetics
Dr. Nicholas Edgington - Bioinformatics, Genomics, & Synthetic Biology
Dr. Elizabeth Roberts - Microbial Ecology
Dr. Todd Ryder - Organic & Medicinal Chemistry
Dr. Rebecca Silady - Plant Genetics, Cell Biology & Development 
Biology Faculty 
Chemistry Faculty 
Computer Science Faculty 

Further programs are in development in collaboration with the School of Business  and the School of Health & Human Services.

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(PROGRAMS IN DEVELOPMENT, Proposed Launch: Fall 2016)

(1) B.S. in Biotechnology - The Biology department in the School of Arts & Sciences is developing a new major in Biotechnology with a minor in Chemistry.

(2) Biochemistry Concentration within B.S in Chemistry - The Chemistry department in the School of Arts & Sciences is revising and updating the biochemistry concentration within the B.S. in Chemistry major to align with the professional needs of regional biotechnology industry employers.

(3) Graduate Certificate Programs - The School of Business, in collaboration with the Schools of Arts & Sciences and School of Health & Human Services, is exploring the development of two (2) new graduate-level certificate programs to support the career advancement needs of current regional biotechnology employees.

(4) Biotechnology Concentration - The School of Arts & Sciences is identifying four-to-five (4-5) courses within the B.S. in Biotechnology degree program to create unique concentrations for students in other STEM disciplines.

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August 2nd, 2016
Building with Biology Professional Development Workshop

Connecticut middle & high school educators attended a Building with Biology professional development workshop focused on fostering conversations about the social & ethical implications within the emerging field of synthetic biology. Educators interacted with SCSU faculty members and the undergraduate student iGEM 2016 team through a "Should We Edit The Genome? When, Why, and How Much?" forum and hands-on synthetic biology activities.

igem outreach

Learn more here.

April 26th, 2016
STEM Enrichment Activities 

Seventy local middle and high school students from Hill Regional Career High School, Metropolitan Business Academy, Common Ground High School, Wilbur Cross High School, and L.W. Beecher Museum School of Arts & Sciences visited Southern's campus to participate in biotechnology-related STEM enrichment activities with Southern Connecticut State University & Eastern Connecticut State University faculty, students and staff. Activities included a tour of the new Academic Science & Laboratory Building while students participated in experiments with representatives from the Small World Initiative, the Center for Nanotechnology, and the Office of Sustainability.

Learn more here.


March 24th, 2016
Faculty & administrative representatives from the BioPath Initiative leadership team attended a biotechnology round table discussion with Senator Blumenthal at Gateway Community College.

Learn more here.

senator blumenthal biotech panel

March 11th, 2016
Southern Connecticut State University students, faculty, and staff from attended the Bio Science Careers Forum II: Women in Bioscience at the Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine in Farmington, CT.

Learn more here.

jax & hl-sci women in bioscience career forum

December 9th, 2015
Southern Connecticut State University students, faculty, and staff from attended a Bio Science Careers Forum at the Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine in Farmington, CT. Event attendees included representatives from the Biology, Chemistry, Exercise Science, and Physics departments. The event was sponsored by the Connecticut Health & Life Sciences Career Initiative and the Genomics Workforce Consortium. Regional experts discussed important topics related to pursing a career in the bioscience industry. Topics included: skill acquisition, laboratory training, career building, networking, and opportunities available in Connecticut.

 Bio-Path Jackson Laboratory Event

November 25th, 2015
The Connecticut Health & Life Sciences Career Initiative, the Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine, Southern Connecticut State University, and Connecticut Works are conducting a Bioscience Industry Needs Assessment across businesses in the Connecticut bioscience/biotechnology sector. The survey is intended to obtain an accurate depiction of the industry: future growth areas, essential skills required for entry level positions, educational support needed, perceived deficiencies, and other related topics. The data retrieved from this survey will provide valuable information for strategic program development to meet regional workforce needs. The submission deadline for the survey is December 11th, 2015.

November 15th, 2015
Southern Connecticut State University is an official member of CURE (Connecticut United for Research Excellence). 
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