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08/01/2016

Winthrop's Biochemistry Program Receives Seven-Year Accreditation

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 The degree track at Winthrop, first accredited in 2013, was the first in the nation to receive this designation by the society, and it has now been renewed through 2023.
 Winthrop’s biochemistry program exemplifies the university’s commitment to student learning and professional development and to faculty-student collaboration, said Debra Boyd, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs.

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Nick Grossoehme
ROCK HILL, SOUTH CAROLINA – Winthrop University’s Department of Chemistry, Physics & Geology recently received full accreditation of its biochemistry degree track from the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB).

The degree track at Winthrop, first accredited in 2013, was the first in the nation to receive this designation by the society, and it has now been renewed through 2023. The list of accredited programs in biochemistry and molecular biology has grown over the past three years.

Winthrop’s biochemistry program exemplifies the university’s commitment to student learning and professional development and to faculty-student collaboration, said Debra Boyd, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs.

“The program’s faculty, staff, and students are to be commended for their dedication to developing a model program that prepares students for a variety of careers and academic pursuits,” Boyd said.

There are currently 54 ASBMB accredited programs in the country, and Winthrop is one of only two in the Carolinas.

The ASBMB accreditation committee praised Winthrop for its program and institutional commitment to diversity, its vibrant and productive faculty members, and the importance of undergraduate research to the program.

"We are incredibly proud to receive news that our program is fully accredited. This accomplishment is a direct outcome of the hardworking and talented faculty and students at Winthrop,” said Nick Grossoehme, an associate professor of chemistry. “Further, it reaffirms our confidence in the quality of the program. We are excited to use this momentum to continue building the biochemistry program to ensure that our students are prepared to be successful in their post-Winthrop life."

This accreditation provides a national standard for students trained in molecular biology and biochemistry to make sure they’ve been exposed to all intellectual and technical aspects of the discipline. Winthrop graduated its first class of ASBMB-certified biochemistry majors this year in May.

Other professors who worked on the accreditation are biochemistry faculty members Takita Sumter and Jason Hurlbert.

For more information, contact Judy Longshaw, news and media services manager, at 803/323-2404 or e-mail her at longshawj@winthrop.edu.

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