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CSUPERB 2018-2019 Annual Report

 

The AY 18-19 CSUPERB Annual Report profiles CSU biotechnology students, alumni, and researchers

 

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​CSUPERB is pleased to publish the Academic Year (AY) 2018-2019 Annual Report (linked here).

The report includes profiles of CSU students and faculty funded by CSUPERB, as well as facts and figures about the program's competitive grant programs, CSU I-Corps, and the annual CSU Biotechnology Symposium.

The online, interactive CSUPERB Data Dashboard (linked here) has been updated with AY 18-19 data. It includes detailed facts and figures, but most notably, reporting on CSU students supported by CSUPERB over the last decade. It is live year-round at our website, along with the grants database (continuously updated, as well).

To put faces to the data, the annual report profiles four different CSUPERB Principal Investigators (PIs) and their research groups: Karin Kram (CSU Dominguez Hills; pictured above in their nerdiest T-shirts!), Chantal Stieber (Cal Poly Pomona),  John Valdovinos (CSU Northridge), and Katharine Watts (Cal Poly San Luis Obispo). Collectively, CSUPERB supported 16 student researchers in these CSU groups. Today they are doctoral students at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography, UC Irvine, and Oregon Health Sciences University. They are employees at BioMarin Pharmaceuticals, Genia, Hardy Diagnostics, Infineon Technologies, and MyoK​ardia. Their discoveries led to papers published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society​, 2018 40th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology SocietyActa Crystallographica Section E​, and Research in Microbiology​All four student-faculty groups worked together to collect preliminary data that led to National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health grants, ensuring the next generation of students will have the same opportunities to do cutting-edge science and engineering on CSU campuses​. CSUPERB involves over 180 research groups system-wide each year; each one of them is educating,​​ designing, and discovering the future of biotechnology.

CSUPERB's strategic plan discusses the importance of investing in and providing "access to experiential learning opportunities in biotechnology research and entrepreneurship.” These experiences are critical not only to student learning and success during college years, but also to life beyond the university. All 22 alumni participants at the Summer 2019 CSUPERB meeting emphasized that their CSU research and CSU I-Corps opportunities paved the way to the biotechnology careers they have today. Indeed, we find that >85% of CSUPERB-supported students (n= 1086, 2000-2019) continue on biotech-related educational paths or complete their degree programs. The vast majority (>80%) of them follow degree-relevant career paths after graduation. Dive into the Data Dashboard​ to learn what they are doing now.​​