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NCBiotech Gives 3 Teachers Career Boosts

Three of the 44 teachers across North Carolina receiving prestigious Kenan Fellowships have also enjoyed career boosts from North Carolina Biotechnology Center programs.

Two of them participated in 2011 NCBiotech Summer Biotechnology Workshops for Educators, and the other received a grant in 2007 to help set up a biotech classroom.

Amy Bradley, of Caldwell County Career Middle College, participated in the 2011 introductory biotechnology workshop held at UNC Charlotte. Ryan Gardner, of South Lenoir High School, participated in the Introductory workshop at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

Robin Bulleri, of Carrboro High School, received a $5,950 Education Mini-Grant in 2007 for a project allowing students to better understand cellular and molecular biology concepts and techniques such as gel electrophoresis and DNA transformation.

The Kenan Fellows Program is an initiative of the Kenan Institute for Engineering, Technology & Science at North Carolina State University

During the 18-month fellowships beginning this spring, recipients will collaborate with expert mentors in universities, community colleges and cutting-edge workplaces. They will tackle innovative projects in biotechnology, aerospace, curriculum design, renewable energy, health care, pharmaceuticals and high-tech multimedia development.

At least nine of this year’s Kenan-winning teachers appear to have received fellowships that involve biotech/pharma, health care or biofuels/sustainability.

Openings are still available for North Carolina science teachers interested in one of this year's summer workshops. Early online registration is recommended to ensure the best chance of being accepted into the workshop of choice, according to William Schy, Ph.D., NCBiotech education & training program director.