Skip to main content
Scenes from The University of Rhode Island

URI Providence Campus to host informational sessions on biotechnology manufacturing program

Media Contact: Todd McLeish, 401-874-7892

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- January 25, 2005 -- Students interested in learning more about the growing field of biotechnology and the University of Rhode Islandís new biotechnology manufacturing program are invited to attend an informational session on Thursday, Feb. 3 or Thursday, Mar. 3 at the URI Feinstein Providence Campus.

The sessions will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. in URIís Paff Auditorium at 80 Washington Street, Providence.

Launched in 2003, the biotechnology manufacturing curriculum is an intensive bachelorís degree program designed to prepare students to work in the growing field of biotechnology. Classes are held in Providence and begin with two semesters of full-time study followed by a summer internship at a biotech company in the area. Coursework includes biology, chemistry, biotechnology methods, computer science and math.

Following the internship, most students will go to work full-time in the industry at starting salaries of $35,000-$40,000 and complete their education as part-time students.

ďThis degree program has attracted students over a wide range of age and educational backgrounds, all having in common that they are enthusiastic about training for a new career,Ē said Dorothy Swift, co-coordinator of URIís biotechnology manufacturing program. ďSome have been laid off from other positions, some were working in jobs where there was little opportunity for advancement. Others are going back to college after raising children, leaving the military, or finding that this is a practical way to turn a long-term interest in biology, medicine or technology into a challenging and economically-viable career.Ē

For further information about the information sessions or URIís biotechnology manufacturing program, call Swift at 277-5029.