Goal #1: Provide Hands-On Student Research Experiences
Summer Research Fellowships-
PIE offers 10-week-long bioscience/biohealth/bioengineering-related summer research fellowships for undergraduates, Masters, and dental and medical students from partnering organizations. Students carry out basic, translational, or clinical research in the laboratory of a host faculty mentor at a partnering organization. The summer research experience is complemented by an Innovation Summer Series and an end-of-program Research Day symposium.
Academic Year Research as Independent Study-
After the summer, students are encouraged to continue their research during the academic year for school credit, as Independent Study. Long-term research experiences can be developed into honors, capstone, or master’s theses, and may even lead to future opportunities like conference presentations or publications.
Goal #2: Disseminate Education on Innovation Concepts
Summer Seminars and Workshops-
Technology: Seminars on cutting-edge technology are part of the seminar series. Students will develop technical research skills through their research projects. Specialized training is offered through a hands-on lab technology skills workshop.
Scientific Presentation: Students learn how to prepare and communicate their research through a poster or short research talk at Innovation Research Day.
Innovation Concepts: A focus of the program is to understand how research discovery becomes real-world clinical benefit. Through the program’s seminar and workshop series, students learn about patents and intellectual property, and business and entrepreneurship concepts. The program seminar series includes “Start-up Stories” from some of Connecticut’s successful biotech entrepreneurs.
Career Development: The PIE experience will help students with developing leadership, career paths, resume-building, interview skills, and networking. We are committed to diversity and value supporting women and minorities towards entering careers in bioscience/biohealth/engineering. We additionally offer cross-program career days.
Summer Research Symposium:
At the end of the summer program, we hold a Research Symposium where every fellow gives a presentation on their research. This further encourages collaboration and interaction among the fellows throughout the course of the program.
Goal #3: Establish a Community of Innovation
Cross-Registration of Courses:
We offer cross-registration of courses for our participants through the Hartford Consortium, a collaboration between CCSU, USJ, U Hartford, Trinity College, and UConn Hartford. PIE participation provides additionally access to courses between Tunxis, USJ, and U Hartford.
Matriculation Pipeline Among Partner Institutions:
Among the partner institutions, we offer rotating seminars and workshops. We also host Career Days.
Investigator Collaboration Across Institutions:
We offer cross-mentorship for students across the partner institutions, as well as collaborations with other startups or investigators.
Participants have access to resources including the UConn TIP Program (business mentoring and advice), accelerator programs, and startups looking for academic partners.