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Center for Student Research in the Life Sciences

A Proposal for a New Home for Undergraduate
Student-Faculty Collaborative Research

The Department of Biology is proposing a comprehensive research and experiential learning center for students and faculty in the life sciences at Merrimack College. Modeled on its predecessor, the former Center for Biotechnology and Biomedical Sciences (CBBS), the new center will become a source of intellectual enrichment, scientific research, corporate partnerships and community outreach for students and faculty. The new center will foster undergraduate research and provide enhanced experiential learning opportunities in the life sciences for all our students. A key mission of the center will be to facilitate faculty and student research partnerships between Biology and other departments in the School of Science and Engineering including Chemistry and Biochemistry, Computer Science, Physics, Mathematics and the Engineering departments.

A Proposal for Student-Faculty Collaborative Research

The proposed center will support and coordinate research areas in the life sciences at Merrimack College and promote Merrimack-community and Merrimack-business partnerships. 

The center plans to contribute to the ongoing success of our undergraduate Biology Department curriculum by enhancing the following current endeavors by…

  • Providing increased enrichment to our comprehensive, interdisciplinary curriculum by offering additional breadth and depth of study at the bench and in the field in the areas of cellular and molecular biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, genetics, animal and plant physiology, animal behavior, ecology, environmental biology, eco-toxicology, and other fields of applied ecology
  • Providing additional classroom and laboratories space and resources for current and future joint student-faculty research projects
  • Improving the close mentoring relationships of our faculty with students by supporting their efforts to teach through research  
  • Promoting the work of dedicated Faculty with demonstrated accomplishment in teaching, scientific research, and service to the Merrimack College community by supporting presentations, meeting and workshop attendance for both students and faculty
  • Adding to our high quality curricular and co-curricular opportunities for students, including seminar speaker series, excursions, and a Winter Intersession Research Experience (WIRE)

Many Department of Biology alumni have gone on to complete very successful academic and professional professional degree programs at leading academic institutions such as Cornell, Georgetown, Tufts, and Johns Hopkins Universities, Wesleyan University.  Our graduates are professors at Virginia Tech, Smith College and U.Mass. Dartmouth, among others.

Many alumni have obtained direct entry in the life sciences workforce and are available to mentor students throughout the Massachusetts biotech and pharmaceutical industrial landscape.

For additional information on the Department of Biology and how to contribute to this proposed center, including naming rights, contact:
Janine M. LeBlanc-Straceski, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Biology
past Director of the CBBS