Touted as first undergraduate minor of its kind in nation
MOORHEAD – When Erin Geissler graduates from Minnesota State University Moorhead on May 11, she and four of her classmates will earn a minor never seen before here, or perhaps anywhere else: vaccinology.

By: Marino Eccher, INFORUM

MOORHEAD – When Erin Geissler graduates from Minnesota State University Moorhead on May 11, she and four of her classmates will earn a minor never seen before here, or perhaps anywhere else: vaccinology.

The Tri-College University program, touted as the first undergraduate minor of its kind in the nation, launched last fall amid a broader push to nurture a commercial vaccine industry here.

The students and faculty members who navigated the first year of the program said it built a bridge between academic and commercial science that undergraduates rarely cross.

“It’s really to help transition them into being able to do research and work in an industry-type environment,” said Mark Wallert, an MSUM bioscience professor who taught the program’s introductory seminar.

Wallert, who is on loan to North Dakota State University’s Center for Biopharmaceutical Research and Production, taught 22 students from MSUM, NDSU and Concordia in the seminar. The course covered the basics of what it takes to develop a vaccine, from doing the research to getting the product to the market.

The specific courses of the program vary between the three colleges, which share professors and resources in the joint venture.

To read the rest of this article click here.