Cognizant announces support of NCTM BioFORCE STEM education programs

Photo of NCTM team with Gov. Rick Perry

Cognizant has announced a three-year commitment to support the BioFORCE STEM education programs of the National Center for Therapeutics Manufacturing (NCTM). 

Cognizant has also announced that it will relocate the headquarters of its principal U.S. operating company to College Station. Texas governor Rick Perry, Congressman Bill Flores, A&M System chancellor John Sharp and Texas A&M president Bowen Loftin, and dozens of other state, community and A&M System dignitaries joined Cognizant president Gordon Coburn to present the company's $150,000 science, technology, engineering and mathematics grant to NCTM.
 
"We are proud to partner with Texas A&M University to inspire the next generation of technology leaders through robust STEM education programs," Coburn said. 

Photo of Cognizant ceremonyDr. Michael Pishko, NCTM director and the Stewart & Stevenson Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Texas A&M, accepted the award and said, “through Cognizant’s support we’ll be able to provide summer camp scholarships to economically disadvantaged students throughout the state, particularly those who haven’t traditionally pursued higher education and careers in science and engineering. We’ll also be able to support our teacher workshops so those educators can bring what they learn at NCTM back to their classrooms.”
 
BioFORCE is an experiential science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) program that provides developmental activities with a focus on the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. BioFORCE Summer Academies offer high school students a unique opportunity to learn about cutting-edge research, medical discoveries and biomanufacturing, to prepare for college programs in engineering and science, and ultimately, to pursue a career in the biotech or pharmaceutical industries. BioFORCE Teacher Workshops offer hands-on training in lab practices like cell transformation and protein production and purification, allowing high school educators to gain the knowledge and skills needed to teach these and other applications in their classrooms. For more information, visit http://nctm.tamu.edu/bioforce.html.

NCTM is jointly operated by Texas A&M and the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES), an engineering reseach agency of the State of Texas.