CSUMB Receives Grant to Enhance Bio Curriculum; Will Incorporate Big Data

July 17, 2017


SEASIDE, Calif., July 17, 2017 – California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB) has received a grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation that will help modernize how biology is taught at CSUMB. The $300,000 grant will help fund equipment and course development needed to allow for a fully functioning facility for genome-level work and prepare students for careers in contemporary bioscience professions.

The project will provide the opportunity for students to acquire degree-level mastery in the application of big data science and scientific inquiry while building institutional research capabilities. The primary goals of this project are to:

  • Meet growing regional, state and national employment needs in agriculture, biotechnology, health and science education.
  • Develop students prepared for success in graduate and professional degree programs and impactful careers in the life sciences.
  • Increase STEM graduation rates of Tri-county underrepresented students. By modernizing the biology curriculum, CSUMB improves its ability in meeting these goals and prepare students for a “Big Data” science professional environment.

By improving academic program and infrastructure, this funding will position CSUMB to offer a unique biology curriculum that keeps pace with a rapidly advancing field and provides necessary, career-enhancing opportunities to students. Providing access to quality educational experiences is a commitment of both CSUMB and the W. M. Keck Foundation.


“Technological advancements over the past 10 years have fundamentally changed how we conduct research in biology and the fields of genomics and bioinformatics are becoming core aspects of biological studies,” said School of Natural Science’s associate professor Nathaniel Jue. “This grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation will facilitate our ability to provide our students with the skill sets and experiences that will allow them to be successful in contemporary biological research fields.”

For more information about the project please contact the principle investigator for this project, Nathaniel Jue, assistant professor in the School of Natural Sciences at CSUMB.