The funds will be used to support four BCTC students
during their research for the “Aloe Project.” The
project is a long-term study investigating the
possibility of using Aloe Vera as a biofuel. The BCTC
Biotechnology program will partner with the University
of Kentucky’s Advanced Genetic Technologies Center on
the project, which is part of a new focus on applied
research in BCTC’s Biotech curriculum.
science should be an active endeavor that focuses on
science as a process and not just a set of facts to
memorize,” BCTC biotechnology instructor Keith Devon
Allen said in the grant proposal.
Allen will play a
key role as the principal investigator of the BCTC
Undergraduate Research Biotechnology in Education.
Four undergraduates are working on this project: Cagney
Coomer, lab technician at the Advanced Genetic
Technology and team leader; Tiffany Carol Richard,
student researcher; Sandhya Paudel, student researcher;
and Mila-Ruth Wright, student researcher.
this opportunity to participate in active learning will
support students’ interest in science as well as build
more sophisticated lab skills,” Allen said.
involved with the Aloe Project will be encouraged to
present their findings at the Kentucky Community and
Technical College System conference for student
research, Kentucky Academy of Science and may have the
opportunity to publish their findings in a peer-reviewed
“We have to devote the necessary
resources to scientific and technological research and
development, including biotechnology,” Allen said. “We
must further encourage innovation among our
undergraduate students and insure that we introduce new
developments into our productive activities.”
project began in November 2012 and will continue through
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