A grant worth nearly $750,000 from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) is enhancing the biology and chemistry laboratories at Fitchburg State University, creating new research and learning opportunities for students and faculty members.
The grant program invests capital dollars in high-potential economic development projects that expand employment opportunities, enable research and development, stimulate training and workforce development, promote manufacturing and commercialization and accelerate innovation throughout Massachusetts.
Fitchburg State’s award will support the purchase of equipment and supplies to train students in preparation for entry into the life sciences workforce and will be installed in its Antonucci Science Complex.
“With this generous grant, Fitchburg State’s students will be better equipped to pursue careers in the continuously evolving life sciences,” University President Richard S. Lapidus said. “We are grateful for the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center for its support of our students and their opportunities for learning and research.”
“We appreciate MLSC’s commitment to our program, and its recognition of the program’s connection to the life sciences industry through internships and our Biotechnology Industry Advisory Board,” said Fitchburg State Dean of Health and Natural Sciences Dr. Jennifer Hanselman. “This work could not be possible without dedicated faculty who are actively engaged in research and the partnerships we have established, and will continue to establish, with industry.”
The equipment purchased will serve all biology and chemistry students, as it will be incorporated into all aspects of the curriculum, from introductory core classes to upper-level electives and independent research. The funds will provide the infrastructure needed to modernize the university’s equipment and give faculty the ability to train students in some of the most sought-after biotechnology skills.
Students will also be better prepared for workplace experiences, including internships. In addition, the grant will also serve students taking the newly formed data analytics minor, allowing Fitchburg State to develop new coursework to diversify its offerings and attract more students to this growing field.