Pure Science, Pure Michigan

In the last century, Michigan was a driving force behind America’s manufacturing economy. Today, programs like the Perrigo Undergraduate Fellowship at the University of Michigan Life Sciences Institute are helping to fuel a new knowledge-based economy in the state.

The fellowship enables outstanding students from colleges and universities across Michigan to spend 10 weeks immersed in a leading bioscience lab. The program was founded in 2004 and funded by the Allegan, Mich.-based Perrigo company — the world’s largest manufacturer of over-the-counter healthcare products.

The Perrigo program seeks to cultivate and retain Michigan’s top scientific talent, said LSI Director Roger D. Cone, Ph.D.

“Our goal is not just training the next generation of scientists, but training the next generation of scientific leaders,” Cone said. “We’re also helping to reinforce the idea that there are exciting science careers right here in the state.”

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