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  • 1. Augustana College and SD BRIN: Progress and Prospects Michael K. Wanous, Ph.D. SD BRIN NAC Meeting November 13, 2009
  • 2. Augustana College: A history of excellence in undergraduate science research
  • 3.  1967-1980: NSF Undergraduate Research Program (URP), Biology Department  1987-1994: NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU), Biology Department  2006-2010: NSF Northern Plains Undergraduate Research Center (NPURC), Chemistry Department  2009-2014: SD NSF EPSCoR Photo-Active Nanoscale Systems, Chemistry Department  Individual PI grants from NIH, NSF-EPSCoR, USDA, Research Corp.
  • 4. SD BRIN Investments: Strengthening Augustana’s biomedical research focus  SD BRIN, 2001-2004  SD INBRE I, 2004-2009  SD INBRE II, 2009-2014
  • 5. SD BRIN Investments:  Undergraduate research fellowships  Faculty research support  Summer research stipends  Sabbaticals  Upgrade of scientific equipment  Confocal microscope with 4 lasers  400 MHz NMR  Real time quantitative PCR
  • 6. SD BRIN Outcomes:  Undergraduate research fellowships  26 different off-campus mentors in 8 years  Summer Research Lunches  Enhanced faculty research productivity  Collaborative relationships with biomedical researchers  Sanford School of Medicine, Vermillion  Sanford Research  Avera Research  other partner PUIs
  • 7. SD BRIN Outcomes:  As of summer 2009, 73 BRIN fellows have graduated  Of these, 60 (82%) have gone on to professional or graduate schools:  34 (47%) to medical school  11 (15%) to Ph.D. programs  4 (5%) to M.D./Ph.D. programs  11 (15%) to dental, optometry, pharmacy, PA, public health  Other outcomes:  5 are nurses  3 are research lab technicians  2 are teachers
  • 8.  BRIN fellow graduate program destinations:  Sanford School of Medicine/USD, M.D.  Sanford School of Medicine/USD, M.D./Ph.D.  Creighton University, M.D.  University of Minnesota, M.D.  University of Nebraska Medical Center, M.D.  University of Iowa, M.D.  University of Iowa, Devel. Biol. Ph.D.  UC-Davis, Mol. Cell. & Integr. Physiol. Ph.D.  Syracuse University, Chemistry Ph.D.  University of North Carolina, Microbiology Ph.D.  University of Wisconsin-Madison, Mol. Biol. Ph.D.  University of Colorado, Neuroscience Ph.D.  Penn State University, Nutrition Ph.D.  University of Oregon, Evol. & Devel. Ph.D.  MIT/Harvard, Bioinformatics & Integr. Genomics Ph.D.
  • 9. SD BRIN Future Highlights:  NIH Regional Grant Writing Seminars  New Biochemistry major!  Faculty Research Sabbaticals  Expansion and Renovation of Gilbert Science Center