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Georgia Southern University Molecular Biology Initiative Named a STEM Education Awards Finalist

ATLANTA (September 8, 2014) – The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG), the state’s
leading association dedicated to the promotion and economic advancement of Georgia’s
technology industry, today announced that the Molecular Biology Initiative has been
named as a Finalist in the Post-Secondary Outreach category for the 2014 STEM Education
Awards.

The Technology Association of Georgia’s 3rd STEM Education Awards recognizes schools,
programs, and companies for outstanding efforts and achievements in supporting and
promoting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Education in Georgia.
The Molecular Biology Initiative (MBI) partners with regional teachers to bring hands-on,
relevant science to students (biotechnology, chemistry, physics, biology, forensics), including
applicable technology and math skills. “This program represents a true partnership between
university and school expertise, resulting in high-impact, sustainable outcomes for STEM
education and student learning,” said Dr. Laura Regassa, MBI Director.

“It is exciting to see the progress we are making with STEM education in Georgia. The increase in
nominations each year and the quality of the nominations made it difficult for our judges,” said
Michael Robertson, Executive Director of TAG Education Collaborative. “Congratulations to the
Finalists! Your work engaging these students in STEM will benefit the students you touch for
years to come with challenging and exciting careers.”

* Elementary School
* Middle School
* High School
* Post Secondary Outreach
* Extracurricular Program
* STEM Certified School Outreach
* Corporate Outreach
* Best STEM Day Activity

Winners in each category will be officially honored at The 3rd Annual STEM Education Awards
event held on September 26th at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center in
Savannah, Georgia. The event is presented by TAG, the TAG Education Collaborative (TAG-Ed), a
non-profit 501c3 dedicated to advancing STEM education in Georgia, and TAG Savannah.
“STEM occupations will increase in Georgia by more than 22,000 during the current decade,”
said Tino Mantella, president & CEO of TAG. “The finalists of this year’s STEM Education Awards
are helping to prepare the tech-ready workforce needed to fill these jobs and we applaud them
for standing out as leaders in Georgia’s educational community.”

For more information about TAG and the 3rd Annual STEM Education Awards or to attend the
event, visit http://bit.ly/STEMinfo2014

About MBI

The Molecular Biology Initiative targets STEM education and workforce needs at multiple levels
in Southeast Georgia to ensure a real and lasting impact. Participants include in-service
teachers, K-12 students, and students pursuing advanced STEM degrees. Each semester, the
program partners graduate student fellows with in-service high school teachers, and together,
they bring technologically relevant, hands-on science to over 1000 students on a weekly basis.
For more information, visit www.georgiasouthern.edu/mbi or contact Janee Cardell at (912)
478-1923.

To view the original press release, visit http://w3.georgiasouthern.edu/mbi/pdf/STEMPressRelease.pdf

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