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APSU hosts inaugural biology boot camp


            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – A group of Austin Peay State University biology students is getting a jumpstart on the fall semester this week by participating in the University’s inaugural Biology Boot Camp program.

            The program, which is funded by a Tennessee Board of Regents diversity grant, brings APSU students currently enrolled in the fall semester’s Biology 1110 course to campus for a week of preparatory classes and guest speakers. The program’s official title is “Biology Boot Camp: Pilot Program to Improve Retention and Performance of Minority Populations and First Semester Students in Biology 1110.”

            “We are trying to improve their study skills and overall preparedness for this course and college by reviewing biology and math skills while learning how to study,” Dr. Karen Meisch, APSU associate professor of biology and principal investigator (PI) for the grant, said.

            Dr. Folashade Agusto, APSU assistant professor of mathematics, is the co-PI. She oversees the math component of the camp.

            Each night, the boot camp hosts a guest speaker from 5 to 6 p.m. in Sundquist Science Complex, room E106A. The speakers include ex-Nashville Predator Stu Grimson and Tennessee state Rep. Joe Pitts.

            Participating students receive free room and board and a free biology textbook. The students also received a $250 voucher to the APSU bookstore.

            For more information on the program, contact Meisch at