SMCC receives $290,000 grant

October 31, 2008

By hammersmith

[Source: The Arizona Republic] – The South Mountain Community College for Agriculture and Bioscience Education was awarded a $290,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The three-year Expanding Undergraduate Bioscience Engagement Track (eUBET) grant gives students a chance to conduct biotechnology research projects and publicly present their works. Students in advanced eUBET biotechnology classes conduct rigorous genomics research by mapping genes and publishing. South Mountain is at 7050 S. 24th St.

eUBET is also designed to increase minority-student access to bioscience education and employment and to overcome barriers for high schools to teach biosciences.

The grant will provide partner high schools with a customized package of resources that may include: bioscience laboratory instruments, bioscience training for high school science teachers, college bioscience curricula for the high schools to teach dual enrollment bioscience courses through SMCC, science lab-technician support, lab supplies, student research project materials, student paid internships and science-fair fees.

Partner schools are Phoenix Bioscience High School, Tempe High School, Marcos de Niza High School, Mesa High School’s Biotechnology Academy, Corona Del Sol, Carl Hayden Community High School and Arizona Agribusiness & Equine Center.