We know education comes at a price —especially some of the specialized work that supports students interested in life science careers across North Carolina. So the North Carolina Biotechnology Center offers these targeted funding programs, for middle schools to graduate schools, to help pay for biotechnology education projects:
Education Enhancement Grants
If you need money to bring your "Eureka!" moments to your students or are a North Carolina biology teacher with a yearning to excite your students by bringing some hands-on biotechnology activities to your classroom, the Education Enhancement Grants are for you. Maybe you’re on a North Carolina university campus and you want to add a whole new biotech-related degree program. Our Education Enhancement Grants may provide up to $100,000 to start things off.
Here’s what can happen: We made a grant to Appalachian State University, enabling the Chemistry Department to develop a new Forensic Chemistry concentration. They installed an integrated data acquisition system for student labs and bought some analytical equipment. Students then used their new skills and equipment to investigate a major accidental spill of heavy-metal contaminants in Tennessee.
Undergraduate Biotechnology Research Fellowships
If you’re an undergrad at one of North Carolina’s many colleges or universities planning on a career in biotechnology, we might be able to help you get there. The Biotech Center’s Undergraduate Research Fellowship provides up to $5,000 to help support lab research experiences for outstanding science and engineering majors. Fellows work with faculty or corporate mentors, present papers at professional conferences and get out of the lab to attend regional or state meetings on the business aspects of biotechnology.
Here’s what can happen: Student Kevin Lambirth was working on a project at Pfeiffer University to explore ways to give soybeans vaccine-carrying capabilities. Think “toflu” instead of a flu shot. His fellowship enabled him to collaborate with SoyMeds, a company started by UNC-Charlotte researchers.
Lambirth has graduated, and now works for SoyMeds.
“Being part of a collaborative project with another independent company was wonderful,” he said. ”It made me feel like my research wasn't just another laboratory assignment—it was actually making a difference in the biotechnological work web.”