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Exchange program may offer students opportunities in Puerto Rico

Published: 06/18/2014 11:05AM
By: booner

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(From left-right) Yarelia Zavala Ortiz and Arleen Jimenez Ortiz, biotechnology graduate students from the Inter American University of Puerto Rico, discuss their work in the Stallworth Research Building June 6 with Dr. Nirmal Joshee, associate professor and coordinator of Fort Valley State University’s graduate biotechnology program.

Ocean breezes, sunny skies and palm trees may soon be a backdrop for Fort Valley State University students studying biotechnology. Dr. Nirmal Joshee, associate professor and coordinator of FVSU’s graduate biotechnology program, is collaborating with the Inter American University of Puerto Rico (IAUPR) for the development of an exchange program involving students and faculty from IAUPR and FVSU.

FVSU’s graduate degree program in biotechnology, the only one in Georgia, is serving as a template for IAUPR which began a similar program two years ago.  Joshee traveled to Puerto Rico to work with faculty and students to assist in developing the program.

During a visit to FVSU June 5-6, Yarelia Zavala Ortiz, 24, and Arleen Jimenez Ortiz, 30 two graduate students from IAUPR, spent time conducting experiments and learning improved state of the art techniques to be used in their labs back in Puerto Rico. The students said they learned about FVSU’s biotech program from their advisor.

Yarelia and Arleen said they will share their work with classmates in Puerto Rico and tell them to take advantage of any opportunities to visit FVSU. For more information about FVSU’s biotechnology program, contact Joshee at 478.822.1404 or josheen@fvsu.edu.