CSU-Pueblo Programs Collaborate to Offer Unique Graduate Internship in Craft Brewing

CSU-Pueblo Programs Collaborate to Offer Unique Graduate Internship in Craft Brewing
PUEBLO – A unique graduate internship option has been developed in conjunction with Colorado State University-Pueblo’s Regional Access to Graduate Education (RAGE) program, the biology department, and the University’s Extended Studies Zymurgy Institute. Given the national and regional interest in craft/micro brewing and the prominence of this industry in Colorado, the internship opportunity is expected to be highly competitive and in demand by prospective students.
This internship opportunity is a partnership established through CSU-Pueblo’s RAGE program and Extended Studies' Zymurgy Institute. Zymurgy refers to the biochemical processes involved in fermentation, which is necessary for brewing.
The internship is a year-long unpaid opportunity, part of the non-thesis option for a graduate degree in biology or biochemistry and will focus on the lifecycle of yeast used in brewing beer.  Applicants must meet the admission requirements of the biology graduate program to be considered.

 Dr. Ken Andrews, the microbiologist at Bristol Brewing Company in Colorado Springs and retired faculty member from Colorado College, also is faculty in CSU-Pueblo’s Zymurgy Institute and will supervise the internship. The zymurgy internship opportunity is one of several graduate research activities being coordinated through CSU-Pueblo’s RAGE program, a grant-funded program working to expand access and enhance success among graduate students.

 “Dr. Andrews is an expert in the field. He has years of experience supporting both the science and art of zymurgy and is a true asset to the university and the craft brewing community,” said  Dean of Extended Studies Dr. James Malm.

The summer 2011 Zymurgy Institute 4.0 begins August 13. Participants will gain hands-on experience in advanced brewing techniques and brew with some of the area’s most successful production craft brewers on the Brew-Magic V350MS semi-automated recirculating infusion mash brewing system. Classes are held every other Saturday in the CSU-Pueblo Chemistry Building, Lab 305.  Tuition is $299 for the 3-batch, 5-lab series and space is limited. More information can be found at the Extended Studies website. 

Biology Professor Dr. Carolyn Luscombe will serve as the internship faculty advisor and can be reached at 719-549-2891. Prospective graduate students should contact the Biology Graduate Program Director Dr. Jeff Smith at 719-549-2420 for more information about program’s non-thesis, internship option. For information about similar projects or collaborative partnering with the university, contact RAGE Community-Based Research Coordinator Dr. Lori Matthews at 719-549-2691.

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