Newswise — SEASIDE, Calif., July 17, 2017 – California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB) has received a grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation that will help modernize how biology is taught at CSUMB. The $300,000 grant will help fund equipment and course development needed to allow for a fully functioning facility for genome-level work and prepare students for careers in contemporary bioscience professions. 

The project will provide the opportunity for students to acquire degree-level mastery in the application of big data science and scientific inquiry while building institutional research capabilities. The primary goals of this project are to:

  1. Meet growing regional, state and national employment needs in agriculture, biotechnology, health and science education.
  2. Develop students prepared for success in graduate and professional degree programs and impactful careers in the life sciences.
  3. Increase STEM graduation rates of Tri-county underrepresented students. By modernizing the biology curriculum, CSUMB improves its ability in meeting these goals and prepare students for a “Big Data” science professional environment.

By improving academic program and infrastructure, this funding will position CSUMB to offer a unique biology curriculum that keeps pace with a rapidly advancing field and provides necessary, career-enhancing opportunities to students. Providing access to quality educational experiences is a commitment of both CSUMB and the W. M. Keck Foundation.

“Technological advancements over the past 10 years have fundamentally changed how we conduct research in biology and the fields of genomics and bioinformatics are becoming core aspects of biological studies,” said School of Natural Science’s associate professor Nathaniel Jue. “This grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation will facilitate our ability to provide our students with the skill sets and experiences that will allow them to be successful in contemporary biological research fields.”

For more information about the project please contact the principle investigator for this project, Nathaniel Jue, assistant professor in the School of Natural Sciences at CSUMB.




California State University Monterey Bay provides more than 7,000 students an extraordinary opportunity to learn on a residential campus on the beautiful Monterey Peninsula. Our diverse student body receives personal attention in small classes while pursuing degrees in 23 undergraduate and eight graduate majors. Founded in 1994 on the former site of Fort Ord by educators and community leaders, Cal State Monterey Bay faculty and staff build on that legacy as we explore innovative ways to meet the needs of a new generation of students while simultaneously powering the Monterey County economy.


Based in Los Angeles, the W. M. Keck Foundation was established in 1954 by the late W. M. Keck, founder of the Superior Oil Company.  The Foundation’s grant making is focused primarily on pioneering efforts in the areas of medical research, science and engineering and undergraduate education.  The Foundation also maintains a Southern California Grant Program that provides support for the Los Angeles community, with a special emphasis on children and youth.  For more information, please visit www.