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About Us

Mission

The California State University Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology (CSUPERB) mission is to develop a professional biotechnology workforce by catalyzing and supporting collaborative CSU student and faculty research, innovating educational practices, and partnering with the life science industry. 

 
We can make a difference by ensuring all CSU biotechnology students have access to an education that integrates experiential learning, especially team-based research or entrepreneurial projects.

 

CSUPERB provides seed grant funding, organizes an annual biotechnology symposium, supports biotechnology-relevant curriculum redesign efforts, and serves as a liaison for the CSU with government, philanthropic, educational, and biotechnology industry partners. The program involves students and faculty from Life, Physical, Computer and Clinical Science, Engineering, Agriculture, Math and Business departments at all 23 CSU campuses.


 

What We Believe

  • CSUPERB recognizes that biotechnology education requires the integration of disciplinary knowledge, hands-on practice, and collaborative, team-based projects. We know that these experiences are particularly effective at engaging and retaining students who are the first in their families to attend college or are from communities currently underrepresented in the life sciences. 
  • By working on solutions for real-world problems with CSU faculty teacher-scholars in the classroom and on collaborative research teams, all students can build a solid foundation for successful life science careers. 
  • CSUPERB partners with industry professionals, alumni, and biotechnology organizations to support the always-evolving life sciences industry and California's regional economies. 
  • CSUPERB knows that The California State University plays a critical role in California’s biotechnology ecosystem by educating its professional workforce but also innovating technologies that drive the growth and evolution of the entire industry.

CSUPERB Statement of Principles on Professional Behavior

  1. ​CSUPERB Statement of Values

    CSUPERB (California State University Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology) is a California State University (CSU) system-wide affinity group. It is comprised of faculty, students, and community members with a shared interest in teaching, learning, research, and entrepreneurship related to biotechnology. We recognize that science and engineering is strengthened by thoughtful, respectful, constructive criticism and discussion​.

    ​​​​​CSUPERB believes that the best way to engage and help students embark on life sciences careers is to invest in and provide access to experiential learning opportunities in biotechnology research and entrepreneurship. CSUPERB recognizes that biotechnology preparation requires integration of disciplinary knowledge, hands-on practice, and collaborative, team-based projects. We know that these experiences are particularly effective at engaging and retaining students who are the first in their families to attend college or are from communities underrepresented in the life sciences. By working on solutions for real-world problems with CSU faculty teacher-scholars in the classroom and on research teams, all students can build a solid foundation for successful biotechnology careers. CSUPERB partners with industry professionals, alumni, and organizations to support the always-evolving life sciences industry and California’s regional economies. The California State University plays a critical role in California’s biotechnology ecosystem by providing not only a professional workforce but also innovative ideas that drive the growth and evolution of the entire industry.​

    This community is dedicated to the inclusion and the support of all its members. We believe that scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs are equal and competent in our fields, regardless of race, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender and sexual identity and expression, age, or ethnicity. To this end, we pledge that we will strive to combat inequalities in all forms, follow the requirements of Title V, Title IX, and related California State University (CSU) Executive Orders, uphold professional behavior and values; and hold each other accountable should we witness acts that violate these values.

  2. CSUPERB Community Definitions

    ​​​The CSUPERB community is composed of CSU faculty, students, and staff in partnership with industry professionals and alumni from across the state of California. For the purpose of this document, CSUPERB participants include, but are not limited to:​

    •  ​staff and visitors related to the day-to-day operations in the CSUPERB program office;
    •  attendees and presenters at the annual CSU biotechnology symposium;
    •  panelists on grant proposal, award, and symposium review committees;
    •  members of the Faculty Consensus Group (FCG) and Strategic Planning Council (SPC);
    •  attendees and presenters at FCG and SPC meetings;
    •  organizing teams, participants, and presenters at taskforce and special events;
    •  grant and award recipients and supported personnel;
    •  participants in CSUPERB activities such as ad-hoc committees, meetings, and/or gatherings.​

  3. CSUPERB Statement of Principles on Professional Behavior

    CSUPERB values diverse perspectives where all individuals can flourish. CSUPERB is dedicated to providing an environment that fosters intellectual curiosity and creativity, free and lively debate conducted with mutual respect for individuals, and freedom from intolerance. These values are applicable to any aspect of CSUPERB’s work, including meetings, symposia, and funded activities. Specifically, members of our community value:

    •  Critical scholarly discourse for the purpose of understanding, advancing scientific ideas, and educating the next generation of science and engineering practitioners;
    •  Education and research environments where all people are treated equally, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation and free of bias, hostility, and harassment of any kind;
    •  ​Conversations and discussions where community members can share ideas in a collegial atmosphere that is inclusive and values everyone’s input and opportunity to participate;
    •  Advocacy for equality and inclusivity in science;
    •  The use of inclusive examples, graphics, and stories in presentations and proposals;
    •  Access for all community members, including traditionally underrepresented groups, to fully participate in and become leaders in science;
    •  The support and promotion of the education and careers of all scientists, engineers, and bio-entrepreneurs;
    •  Leadership in our fields to strengthen scientific mentorship and create an atmosphere of collaboration;
    •  Commitment to our own education and participation in activities related to recognizing and eliminating implicit bias.

  4.  Policies

    A.  All participants in CSUPERB events and activities are expected to follow the requirements of Title V, Title IX, and California State University (CSU) Executive Orders and adhere to the CSUPERB Principles of Professional Behavior and values. Non-CSU participants who do not follow these expectations may be asked to leave a CSUPERB event or activity and/or prohibited from participation in future  SUPERB events or activities​.

  5. Certifications and Reporting

    A. Certifications

    ​1. CSUPERB will include the Statement of Principles on Professional Behavior (section III above) in event registration processes. Event participants will be asked to acknowledge the principles​.

    B. Reporting Procedures

    1. Incidents that involve CSU faculty, staff, or students only

    i. Individuals who believe there has been a violation of Title V, IX, or Executive Orders 1096 or 1097 at a CSUPERB event or activity should report the event following CSU policy and procedures on their home campus​.

    2. Incidents that involve non-CSU individuals

    i. Suspected violations of Title V, Title IX, or Executive Orders 1096 or 1097 by participants not affiliated with the CSU should be reported to CSUPERB administration immediately. Participants may also e-mail CSUPERB administration to report at a later date, if so desired​.

  6. Acknowledgements

    This policy was prepared with review of national and local statements and policies from:

    1. American Chemical Society Code of Ethics
    2. National Science Foundation
    3. American Society Human Genetics
    4. American Society for Microbiology
    5. 500 Women Scientists
    6. American Association of University Professionals
    7. National Academic Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (2018) “Sexual
    Harassment of Women, Climate, culture and consequences in Academic Sciences,
    Engineering and Medicine”
    8. Campus policies from: Sonoma State University, CSU Stanislaus, San Francisco
    State, CSU Monterey Bay, and Humboldt State University
    9. CSU EO1096/1097, Title IX, Title V




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