LOWELL, MA — Three Middlesex Community College Biotechnology students and three recent graduates were awarded $18,000 in scholarships from the New England Parenteral Drug Association this fall.
Current Biotechnology students Zeel Patel, of Lowell; Neslihan Ocali, of Bedford; and Katie McManus, of Wilmington; were each awarded $1,000 NEPDA Second Year Scholarships.
Sieng Heng and Hetalben Patel, both of Lowell; and Matt Peranelli, of Billerica; were each awarded $5,000 NEPDA Transfer Scholarships. All three have graduated from MCC’s Biotechnology Technician Program and are now studying at Northeastern University.
The nonprofit Parenteral Drug Association (PDA) is the leading global facilitator of science, technology and regulatory information and education for the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical community. New England PDA has supported MCC’s student chapter for more than 10 years, and has given scholarships in excess of $82,000.
“NEPDA members have a strong desire to reach out to future biotechnology technicians to mentor them, guide them, and help them out with scholarships,” explained MCC Biotechnology Professor Paul V. Patev. “Our students benefit financially from this on-going partnership, but also by attending meetings, networking and meeting with future employers, and talking with vendors.
“Too often, we go to school to learn the necessary skills to begin a career, but have little sense of what the day-to-day requirements of the job will be,” added Patev. “Our association with the members of the NEPDA is a rare opportunity for Biotech students to launch their careers and have help doing so.”
To learn more about NEPDA, visit: https://www.pda.org/chapters/north-america/new-england
For more information about MCC’s Biotechnology Technician programs, visit: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/biotechnology
(NOTE: The above press release is from Middlesex Community College.)
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