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USJ Joins Partnership for Innovation and Education

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In 2017, the University of Saint Joseph (USJ) was selected to be a part of the Partnership for Innovation and Education (PIE) Fellowship Program. Funded by the CTNext Grant, students have the opportunity to participate in a 10-week bioscience-, biohealth-, or bioengineering-related summer research program. From conducting biomedical research in laboratories to presenting at symposiums, this program aims to provide students with professional learning opportunities to prepare them for their future careers.

Last summer’s students were: Alexa Taylor ’19, Sarah Palko ’18, and Lauren Lewicki ’21. This summer’s students are: Olivia Anderson ’19, Nathan Arthur ’22, Mabintou Darboe ’21, and Bianca Pappacoda ’20. Through the CTNext Grant, these students receive a stipend for their summer research at UCONN Health in Farmington, Conn. The goal is to give students an incentive to participate in these experiences and not fret about financial aid.

“We’re thrilled to have our students in this program! There are certain aspects of research skills that you cannot learn in a classroom. Going through the process of developing a research question, experiments, getting data, and troubleshooting experiments can only be mimicked in the classroom,” said Michelle Kraczkowski, Ph.D., PIE mentor/assistant professor of Biology.

There are seven participating institutions in PIE. Including USJ, these institutions are: University of Connecticut (UCONN), University of Hartford, Trinity College, Southern Connecticut State University, Central Connecticut State University, and Tunxis Community College. Along with Dr. Kraczkowski, Irene Guttilla Reed, Ph.D., associate professor of Biology, is USJ’s PIE site director.

To learn more about PIE Fellowship Program, click here.