Molecular Biology Initiative Named a STEM Finalist

Written by  Courtesy Georgia Southern University Thursday, 05 September 2013 11:12

  Georgia Southern University’s Molecular Biology Initiative (MBI) Program has been named a finalist in the Post Secondary Outreach category for the 2013 Georgia STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Education Awards presented by the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG).  The awards recognize schools, programs and companies for outstanding efforts and achievements in supporting and promoting STEM education.


  Tino Mantella, president and CEO of TAG, said  “Recent studies show that Georgia will need to fill approximately 211,000 STEM-related jobs by 2018.  The 2013 Georgia STEM Education Awards finalists are helping to prepare the tech-ready workforce to fill these jobs, and we applaud them for standing out as leaders in Georgia’s educational community.”


  Georgia Southern’s MBI Program partners with teachers to bring hands-on, relevant content and technology into the schools and focuses on science (biotechnology, chemistry, physics, biology, forensics), including applicable technology and math skills. 


  “This program relies on strong university-school partnerships,” said Laura Regassa, Ph.D., director of the MBI Program. “The University provides resources and technological expertise and the teachers frame the delivery to maximize student learning and to align content with state standards.”


  “It was truly a challenge for our judges to select the 2013 finalists from among more than 170 applicants from around Georgia,” said Michael Robertson, executive director of TAG Education Collaborative. “We must continue building a wave of activities that will prepare our students for the global workforce they will inherit. We hope recognizing these organizations and their programs will raise awareness on the importance of STEM education for our state's economic future.”


  Winners in eight categories will be honored during the 2nd Annual Georgia STEM Education Awards on Sept. 27 at 6:15 p.m. at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center. The awards are sponsored by Cisco Systems, Inc. and the U.S. Department of Commerce-Economic Development Administration. For more information, visit


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