Partnership formed to assist students in medical biotechnology field

May 23, 2014

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Officials from UW-Platteville and University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford sign agreement to form partnership.
Officials from UW-Platteville and University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford sign agreement to form partnership.

The University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford's Master of Science in Medical Biotechnology program has entered into an agreement with the University of Wisconsin-Platteville to allow qualified UW-Platteville students to participate in a Guaranteed Admissions into the MBT graduate program. UW-Platteville leaders Dennis J. Shields, chancellor; Dr. Wayne Weber, dean of the College of Business, Industry, Life Science and Agriculture; Dr. Jeff Huebschman, chair of the biology department; and Dr. Rich Dhyanchand, faculty member in biology joined the dean of the University of Illinois Graduate College, Dr. Karen Colley, at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford on May 22, to sign the affiliate agreement. Dr. Stagnaro-Green, regional dean of the College of Medicine at Rockford presided over the event.

"I see today as us taking our next step in signing our first articulation and affiliation agreement with our colleagues from UW-Platteville and, through that, we will have more of an impact as well as learn and become stronger because of the richness of their institution," said Dean Stagnaro-Green.

This affiliation will assist UW-Platteville students who are interested in entering the Medical Biotechnology field by guaranteeing admission in the University of Illinois' Master of Science degree program at Rockford and allowing qualified applicants to begin taking MBT graduate courses during their senior year of college, potentially reducing the post-graduation time necessary to complete the Master of Science in medical biotechnology. The students also benefit because UW-Platteville has agreed to allow the credits earned in the MBT program to be applied toward the undergraduate degree in biology granted from UW-Platteville.

"This sort of opportunity that opens even more doors for our students is extraordinarily important to me personally and to our university and, obviously, very important to our faculty in our biology department and College of Business, Industry, Life Science and Agriculture," said Chancellor Shields.

Press release courtesy of Cynthia M. Hall, Marketing and Business Development, University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford.

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