July 16, 2024


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Fletcher Basis Grant to St. Lawrence Faculty Evokes Curiosity in Biotechnology

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Fletcher Basis Grant to St. Lawrence Faculty Evokes Curiosity in Biotechnology

A reward to St. Lawrence Faculty (SLC) from The Fletcher Basis will convey area superior school pupils to the College’s labs as part of the Long term Technologists Application. College students will work with specialised discovering kits and get publicity to palms-on mastering alternatives in Biotechnology. The following workshop at SLC will be held on May perhaps 31 for learners from Holy Cross Secondary College in Kingston.

The Foreseeable future Technologists Method kits contain tutorial and lesson programs for polymerase chain response (PCR) screening, DNA sequencing, and pathogen detection that improves the standard Grade 12 examine device. The curriculum, machines, and materials ended up deployed to Limestone District College Board colleges through the tumble 2022 semester and will be created readily available to all partnering faculty boards in 2023. The Foreseeable future Technologists Application delivers college students in rural and remote faculties throughout Southeastern Ontario accessibility to gear, curriculum, and hands-on mastering encounters that they if not may not be ready to entry.

Feed-back obtained from partnering schools has been overwhelmingly optimistic, demonstrating the effects of the Fletcher Foundation’s expense in the potential of Biotechnology reports.

“The [Future Technologists Program] kits are invaluable. With no this outreach method at St. Lawrence University, there is no way that I could supply this possibility for my college students. Conducting the restriction enzyme digest was a person of the highlights of the program for my learners. Remaining ready to see the bands of the DNA samples they ready was interesting for them it assisted them make connections to the idea but also brought to lifetime what they had previously only noticed in diagrams. For some, it was a interesting activity and for many others, it assisted established the system for their future scientific tests,” mentioned Rebecca Dillon, Limestone District Faculty Board trainer.

When not in use at participating secondary faculties, the further gear procured by the Fletcher Basis Maximizing Academic Expertise Grant (EEE) will dietary supplement SLC’s Biotechnology – Superior offerings by minimizing wait around times for equipment and lab outcomes and lowering the college student to lab devices ratio for centered hands-on analyze.

“St. Lawrence Faculty is grateful for this aid from the Fletcher Basis to produce the toolkit and means for greater publicity to Biotechnology in local higher educational institutions. These studying resources will develop awareness of careers in this essential field and inspire potential future SLC pupils,” said Elizabeth Gorman, Director, Alumni and Improvement.  

“We are thrilled that the EEE grant played a substantial role in offering classroom kits that spark curiosity about the biotechnology field,” states Bob Jameson, C.E.T., Fellow Ontario Affiliation of Licensed Engineering Experts and Technologists (OACETT), chair of the Fletcher Foundation. “This program and the progress designed to progress palms-on discovering at SLC presents limitless opportunities for long term and present biotechnology pupils, which I feel is a constructive action forward for this career.”    

The Fletcher Foundation has earlier supported the institution of the OACETT/SLC Alumni Award which is given yearly to an SLC pupil pursuing OACETT-track review and who demonstrates a desire, willingness and enthusiasm for understanding, management, teamwork, ground breaking imagining, difficulty-resolving, communication and ethics.


About The Fletcher Basis

The Fletcher Foundation fosters excellence and builds qualified capacity for the engineering and utilized science area as a result of our aid for instruction. For over 35 years, the Foundation has awarded bursaries to extraordinary college students. It aims to construct cash to assistance instructional initiatives, tasks and systems that assist to advance the engineering technological know-how profession and the scholar academic encounter at higher education. 


St. Lawrence College or university is positioned on the common lands of the Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee peoples we are grateful to reside and discover on these lands. With campuses in Kingston, Brockville, and Cornwall, SLC delivers training and teaching that fulfills the desires of group, industry, and employers. The College or university prepares students to succeed in the world wide economic system as a result of relevant, simple programs and experiential discovering chances. SLC gives additional than 100 whole-time packages such as diplomas, levels, graduate certificates, apprenticeships, micro-credentials and life-lengthy understanding chances. Every person belongs in the SLC local community, comprised of 12,000 entire-time students and more than 115,000 alumni in 75 countries around the world.

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Laura Tulchinsky
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St. Lawrence Faculty
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Julie Einarson
Senior Advisor, Communications and Authorities Relations
St. Lawrence College
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