An innovative approach integrating classroom instruction and research at the University of Houston will be spread to five colleges and universities around the country with a $2.1 million grant from the National Science Foundation.
Rupa Iyer, principal investigator on the grant and founding director of the biotechnology program in the UH College of Technology, will implement the key components of the UH biotech program, including an environmental sampling research module, at five institutions: Rochester Institute of Technology, Southern Utah University, Louisiana Tech University, Prairie View A University and Alvin Community College.
She said the goal is to demonstrate that it works across the spectrum of higher education - two-year and four-year programs, private and public.
The program incorporates an intense focus on undergraduate research and an understanding of industry needs with traditional academic instruction.
It officially began with fewer than 10 students in 2009; it will have more than 600 students this fall.
The UH biotechnology program was the first in the country to be accredited, earning accreditation from the Association of Technology, Management and Applied Engineering in 2015.