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80 Washington Street

Providence, RI 02903

Phone: 401-277-5000

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K-12 Biotechnology Programs


David Vito
Assistant Professor of Biology/CCRI and
Coordinator, Amgen Biotechnology Program
401-277-5204; drvito@ccri.edu

A number of programs have been developed for both teachers and students to help them better understand biotechnology and possibly prepare for careers in the industry:

  • The Amgen Bruce Wallace Biotechnology Program: provides training for teachers to incorporate a biotechnology module into their curriculum, utilizing free, mobile,  sophisticated lab equipment.
  • Online courses for high school students which can give the student college credits: MIC 190- Issues in Biotechnology (3 credits)
  • Biotechnology Academies: 5 RI high schools have developed comprehensive biotechnology programs. URI provides support for developing new programs and keeping existing programs current in the technology
  • Plant Genetics after-school lab courses for high school students which can give the student college credits (3-6 credits)
  • Rhode Island Biotechnology Outreach Center - funded by the NSF EPSCOR program. Provides training and resources to students, teachers, the biotechnology industry, and the general public.