With regards to Question (3) and the spread of biotechnology techniques
and skills, it currently appears that our former students are using very
little biotechnology. They are doing and using classical chemical procedures,
techniques, and instrumentation. This may reflect our student employment
in the larger chemical companies of the St. Louis area and their establish
lines of business. Biotechnology companies are relatively new to the area
and maintain small staffs. As a follow up study I would like to identify
a few of the Biotech companies in our area and request that they fill
out the Survey Instrument in order to compare and identify differences
in these two areas of employment.
Survey 'D' enabled our graduates to list those skills or techniques
that they utilize but were not listed in Survey's A, B, or C. There were
a limited number of added competencies but most of them support the skills
or techniques listed in Survey's A, B, and C. Common themes were computer
technology, teamwork, and safety. Table V lists those skills.
Table V [Added Skills and Techniques of Survey 'D']
1. Work Ethics
2. Perfect pipetting techniques (Class A glass & Eppendorf)
3. Desktop Computer hardware configurations
4. Desktop Computer backup and storage solutions
5. PC to instrument interfaces (GPIB/IEEE, serial, etc.)
6. Computer software - macro programming
7. ISO9000, Underwriter's Laboratories, Factory Mutual etc. audit
8. You did mention giving oral presentations, but I think you
should emphasize the ability to use a program like Power Point.
9. Understanding of business impact of your work
10. Working with a group or team toward a common goal
11. Communications about work results
12. Ongoing personal development of skills and knowledge
13. In addition to calculating mean & standard deviation,
calculation of % coefficient of variation was consistently used
at my last job.
14. More emphasis could be placed on the benefits of being a team
player with tolerance for teammates & diversity. In both jobs
I have had, tolerance of diversity & real team-playing was/is
15. Be able to use the very small measurements used in molecular
biology (e.g., uL, mM, mg, mL).
16. Learn to ship Dangerous Goods
17. Learn the various types of protective gloves, learn to work
in them, and learn what alternatives are available for dealing with
18. Gain an understanding of the field of Clinical Chemistry.