A $247,669 grant from the National Science Foundation will provide hands-on and virtual biochemistry laboratory experiences to prepare undergraduate students for further study or employment in the fields of science and technology.
Purchase will incorporate state-of-the-art instruments into its biochemistry curriculum to give students direct experience in the techniques and instruments commonly used in the biochemical and pharmaceutical industries.
Purchase will also develop interactive teaching modules to introduce this instrumentation to students at six partner community colleges, Dutchess, Orange, Rockland, Nassau, Sullivan and Westchester. The partner community colleges will also receive instruments and their faculty will receive training to aid in curriculum development. These students will have exposure to instruments and methods that are typically available only to students at four-year colleges. Through this early training, community college students will have a smoother transition to four year colleges such as Purchase.
Purchase faculty members will develop experiments with these instruments to provide relevant learning experiences in biochemistry laboratory courses and challenging research opportunities. The training will help students become better candidates for graduate school and the workforce. Community college students will also be provided hands-on experience with the instruments through summer research projects at Purchase.
Data from the experiments will be shared with other institutions and be published through the National Science Digital Library (NSDL), the Journal of Chemical Education, or similar publications.
The project director is Purchase Professor Frank Bellevue. The team includes Taina Chao, Joseph Skrivanek, Joanne Tillotson and Mark Condon of Dutchess Community College.