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Lasell receives $700,000 Grant to Support Life Science Programs

September 29, 2022

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The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center has awarded Lasell more than $700,000 to purchase laboratory equipment and instrumentation to support the University’s popular life sciences programs through a workforce development capital grant.

The administration of Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito announced on Sept. 9 that Lasell and dozens of other universities, colleges, and public school systems in the state would receive 39 grants totaling $14.6 million to support life sciences workforce development and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education.

“By making investments in STEM workforce and educational opportunities, we can sustain and strengthen Massachusetts’ leadership in the life sciences and other STEM industries,” Baker said. “We are grateful to partners across the Commonwealth for working with our administration to create more career pathways for students in these growing fields.”

Lasell received a grant of $703,896 to purchase laboratory equipment in support of biology, biochemistry, and forensic science majors, with plans to expand biotechnology and the health professions. The grant allows for the modernization of science curricula to prepare career-ready graduates.

“We are grateful for this grant from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, which will enhance our students’ lab experiences and better prepare them for rewarding careers in the life sciences,” said Cristina Haverty, dean of the School of Health Sciences.

According to Haverty, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine research indicates that students participating in robust lab experiences along with other forms of instruction show an increased mastery of subject matter, scientific reasoning, and interest in science than students who study science without the benefit of lab work.

“Students who engage in laboratory experiences tend to perform better academically, build stronger relationships with professors, and be able to identify their career path,” Haverty said. “Additionally, laboratory work aligns with Lasell’s educational philosophy of Connected Learning and provides students with an important experience to strengthen their resume when pursuing jobs and internships.”