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Providence Campus to host informational sessions on biotechnology manufacturing program

Media Contact: Todd McLeish, 401-874-7892

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – January 27, 2006 – Students interested in learning more about the growing field of biotechnology and the University of Rhode Island’s biotechnology manufacturing program are invited to attend informational sessions on Feb. 16, Mar. 23, Apr. 20 or May 18 at 6 p.m., or on Mar. 10 at 1 p.m.

The sessions will be held at the URI Feinstein Providence Campus, 80 Washington St., Providence.

Initiated in 2003, the biotechnology manufacturing program features a rigorous curriculum that prepares students to work in the growing field of biotechnology and leads to a bachelor of science degree. Classes are held in Providence and begin with two semesters of full-time study followed by a summer internship at a biotechnology company in the area.

Coursework includes biology, chemistry, biotechnology methods, computer science and math.
Following the internship, most students go to work full-time in the industry at starting salaries of $35,000 to $40,000 and complete their education as part-time students.

“This degree program has attracted students over a wide range of age and educational backgrounds who are eager to train for a new career,” said Greg Paquette, URI’s director of biotechnology programs. “Some have been laid off from other positions, while others are working in jobs where there is little opportunity for advancement. Still others are going back to college after raising children or leaving the military. All agree that this is a practical way to turn a long-term interest in biology, medicine or technology into a challenging and economically-viable career.”

For further information about the information sessions or URI’s biotechnology manufacturing program, contact Dorothy Swift at 277-5029 or dswift@mail.uri.edu.