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Bio-Link Online News September 2014

Biotech degrees change lives

A biotech degree at Delaware Technical and Community College was the key to starting Mollee Crampton on the path towards graduate school. An article on explains just what it took to reach this life changing decision and how the National Science Foundation helped out. 

"Delaware native Mollee Crampton never considered graduate school while she was in high school, but with modest financial support from the Delaware Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), she is pursuing a master's degree in molecular biology and genetics at the University of Delaware."

Learn more about the Bio-Link program at DTCC, by clicking here!

Harlem BioSpace

A biotech incubator for high school students!  
This innovative program at Columbia University combines biotechnology with tools for the under-resourced communities. Created by Christine Kovich and Sam Sia, co-founders of Harlem Biospace, 25 underserved high school students across New York City get to try out their hands at building solutions to problems that range from insufficient lighting to bad drinking water.

An article by Ruth Reader in VentureBeat explains just what this program does and the amazing results that come out of it, including allowing those students who create the best tools to continue to develop their product at Harlem Biospace. 

Read the article here.
             website updates

Recent updates to Bio-Link's website include:
  • Updated information on internships 
  • New career videos and descriptions
  • Online resources for researching biotech salaries
Internships are an important way to gain real-world work experience, build your professional network, and get your foot in the door of major employers. However, finding internships can be a challenge.

The internships listings show positions for: high school, community college students, and faculty. We recently updated our internships database to include 2015 application procedures and new listings for companies, nonprofits and federal agencies around the country.

Whether your interest is in medical devices, developing new research tools and technologies, or improving health conditions in developing countries, there is likely to be an internship that can help you explore the field first-hand.

New and updated career descriptions

Still trying to decide what career might be the best fit for you? We collaborated with the Northeast Biomanufacturing Consortium ( to describe additional careers in biotech and biomanufacturing and more! Videos with first-hand accounts from those working in the field can be invaluable for getting an inside view of biotech careers. Check out these links:


How much do biotechnicians make?

When you're researching careers, it's helpful to know what people get paid in different kinds of jobs. The careers pages at are a good place to start as they include recently-updated salary information for a wide variety of biotech-related careers.

You may also be interested to know that the numbers of biotech jobs and their salaries vary quite a bit from region to region. The salaries also vary depending on the place you work.  As you can see in the table below, people in the chemical manufacturing job area make the most when they work in research and the least when they work for the testing labs or the government.

Online Resources for Salary Information, a new article by Dr. Dina Kovarik at, describes how to find salaries for different regions of the US, reviews web sites that have salary information, and describes other factors that impact salary levels. 

Click here to read the article!

My DNA Vending machine:  A fun video for the start of the school year

Ever thought about combining vending machines with DNA? Well TED Fellow, Gabe Barcia-Colombo, certainly has. He created an awesome video about it in which this machine dispenses human DNA along with a picture of the person whose DNA it is.

Check out the video here!

About the creator:
Gabe Barcia-Colombo creates madcap art inspired both by Renaissance era curiosity cabinets and the modern-day digital chronicling of everyday life. Think: miniature people projected in objects and a DNA Vending Machine."

Job opening: Curriculum and Training Specialist

Bio-Rad's Biotechnology Explorer Program is looking for a Curriculum and Training Specialist I.

Bio-Rad believes that the biotechnology industry should play an integral role in supporting education, helping to develop today's students as tomorrow's scientists and problem solvers. The Biotechnology Explorer program provides access to technological innovations through practical hands-on activities in a format that works in the classroom.
The program was created for educators seeking the very best in introductory molecular biology experiences for their students. Bio-Rad classroom lab kits, curricula, and teacher workshops specifically address current standards for life science education. While aligned with core content requirements, Biotechnology Explorer kits connect science in the classroom to topical applications and real-world issues.

Are you thinking about writing an NSF grant?  Want help?

Mentor-Connect is accepting applications now for One-on-One Mentoring.

Mentor connect matches experienced PI's with community college faculty who want to write grants and fund projects.

Go to for more information

Webinars & Events

Sept. 10th, 2014

Opportunities for NSF ATE Program Funding and Mentor-Connect Grant Writing Support

1:00 pm EDT

Register Now!

Sept. 12th, 2014

ATE Central Webinar on Sustainability
1:00 pm EDT

Registration information here.

Oct. 22-24th, 2014

ATE PI Conference
Location:  Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, DC

Nov 20-23, 2014 Regional joint CCURI-Bio-Link conference
The Community College Undergraduate Research Initiative (CCURI) and Bio-Link are teaming up to hold a regional conference and student poster session this fall in North Carolina.

Location:  Gaston College in Charlotte, NC.
Registration information will be available soon.
Nov 25th, 2014 Community College Day at the NIH
Registration information available soon.

Feb. 12th, 2015 Pre-conference workshop on Community College Innovations
AAAS 2015 Annual Meeting
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