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Preparing Science-Trained Professionals for the Biotechnology Industry: A Ten-Year Perspective on a Professional Science Master’s Program

    Authors: Paul T. Hamilton1,*, Sarah C. Luginbuhl1, Michael Hyman1
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    Affiliations: 1: Department of Microbiology, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27695
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    • Published 03 May 2012
    • *Corresponding author. Mailing address: Department of Microbiology, North Carolina State University, Campus Box 7615, Raleigh, NC, 27695-7615. Phone: 919-513-2060. Fax: 919-515-7867. E-mail: paul_hamilton@ncsu.edu.
    • Copyright © 2012 American Society for Microbiology
    Source: J. Microbiol. Biol. Educ. May 2012 vol. 13 no. 1 39-44. doi:10.1128/jmbe.v13i1.375
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    Abstract:

    The biotechnology industry has a need for business-savvy scientists; however, this is not the way scientists are traditionally trained at universities and colleges. To address this need, universities have developed Professional Science Master’s (PSM) degree programs that offer advanced training in a technical field along with professional skills development through team-based projects and internships. Nearly ten years ago, the Department of Microbiology at NCSU started a PSM program in Microbial Biotechnology (MMB). This article provides an overview of the MMB program, and shares some of the lessons that we have learned.

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Abstract:

The biotechnology industry has a need for business-savvy scientists; however, this is not the way scientists are traditionally trained at universities and colleges. To address this need, universities have developed Professional Science Master’s (PSM) degree programs that offer advanced training in a technical field along with professional skills development through team-based projects and internships. Nearly ten years ago, the Department of Microbiology at NCSU started a PSM program in Microbial Biotechnology (MMB). This article provides an overview of the MMB program, and shares some of the lessons that we have learned.

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