Signing ceremony at Mount St. Mary's University Frederick campus, October 9, 2018. Photo courtesy Mount St. Mary's University. 

FREDERICK, Md. -- The Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research is expanding its commitment to educate the next generation of scientists and foster academic research collaborations by signing a new partnership agreement with Mount St. Mary’s University.  

Under the three-year memorandum of understanding, the university and the national laboratory will work together to identify a researcher with expertise in such areas as bioinformatics, data science analytics, and cybersecurity to receive a dual appointment at the Mount and Frederick National Laboratory. The professor will teach undergraduate or graduate courses at the university and work up to two days a week or summers at the national laboratory.

The agreement also calls for a summer research experience for Mount St. Mary’s science, math and computational science faculty to work at the laboratory, teacher-in-training opportunities for postdoctoral fellows and other scientists, and an internship program for Mount St. Mary’s students to work at the national laboratory. 

In addition, eligible Frederick National Laboratory employees will receive a 20 percent reduction in tuition for adult undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs housed and supported at the Mount St. Mary’s Frederick campus. 

Ethan Dmitrovsky and Timothy Trainor sign the memorandum of understanding between Fredrick National Laboratory and Mount St. Mary's University.“This exciting partnership opens several significant doors to Mount students and faculty in Emmitsburg and Frederick, while also creating teaching and learning opportunities for employees of the Frederick National Laboratory,” said Mount St. Mary's University President Timothy E. Trainor, Ph.D. "We envision this robust and multi-faceted program will grow to become a center of excellence that connects the university, employers, researchers and Frederick County communities in innovative ways."

Mount St. Mary’s Associate Provost Jennifer Staiger, Ph.D. said, “In addition to the ‘real world’ research opportunities created for Mount students, I am thrilled that this alliance will allow the Mount to utilize its strength as a teaching institution to offer a unique Teacher-in-Training Program to post-doctoral fellows and other scientists at the Frederick National Laboratory as well as a 20 percent tuition reduction for any Frederick National Laboratory employee interested in enrolling in undergraduate or graduate programs offered at the Mount’s Campus in Frederick.”

Ethan Dmitrovsky, M.D., director of the Frederick National Laboratory and president of the laboratory’s current prime contractor, Leidos Biomedical Research, Inc., signer of the agreement, said, “We are excited to partner with Mount St. Mary’s University for programs that will benefit both current and future scientists. But more than that, we hope that these endeavors will ultimately benefit patients and improve human health.”

The partnership follows collaborations signed earlier this year with Georgetown UniversityHood College, and the National Cancer Institute of Mexico.  

About Mount St. Mary’s University

Mount St. Mary’s University is a private, liberal arts, Catholic university in the Catoctin Mountains near historic Emmitsburg, Maryland, with a satellite campus in Frederick, Maryland’s second largest city. The university offers more than 70 majors, minors, concentrations and special programs for traditional undergraduate students, and more than 20 adult undergraduate and graduate level programs. The Mount includes Mount St. Mary’s Seminary, the second oldest in the United States, and the National Shrine Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes, an idyllic shrine for spiritual reflection located on the hill above the university.

About the Frederick National Laboratory

The Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research is dedicated to improving human health through discovery and innovation in the biomedical sciences, focusing on cancer, AIDS, and rapid response to emerging infectious diseases. The facility is currently operated by Leidos Biomedical Research, Inc., and sponsored by the National Cancer Institute.

Frederick National Laboratory news release

Top image: From left- Frank Blanchard, director of public affairs and communications at the Frederick National Laboratory (FNL); Jim Pannucci, director of the FNL Partnership Development Office; Monica Slate, executive assistant at FNL; Ethan Dmitrovsky, M.D., director of the Frederick National Laboratory and president of the laboratory’s current prime contractor, Leidos Biomedical Research, Inc.; Timothy E. Trainor, Ph.D., president of Mount St. Mary's University; Jennifer Staiger, Ph.D., MSMU's associate provost of graduate, professional and continuing education; Boyd Creasman, MSMU's provost; Andi Overton, MSMU's director of business development; and Jack Chielli, MSMU's vice president for enrollment management, marketing and communications.

Bottom image: Ethan Dmitrovsky and Timothy Trainor sign the partnership agreement. 

Images from signing ceremony at Mount St. Mary's University Frederick campus, October 9, 2018. Photos courtesy Mount St. Mary's University.