FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 13, 2012
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Glenville State College
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Glenville, WV— A Glenville State College Professor is one of six state educators who will receive a grant to purchase scientific instruments for teaching and research.
Dr. Sara Sawyer, GSC Assistant Professor of Biology has been awarded a $5,444.55 grant that will purchase a new water purification system that can make Type I quality water which will improve undergraduate science education at GSC.
“This new purification system will greatly enhance our ability to conduct research by providing us with the highest purity water, especially when working with proteins and DNA. Starting research with purer water will allow our students to get more accurate results from their experiments,” stated Sawyer.
The award is a 2013 Instrumentation Grant, awarded by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission’s Division of Science and Research. The purpose of the WVHEPC Instrumentation Grants Program is to encourage undergraduate students to continue careers in science, math, and engineering. The instruments purchased with the grant must be used for instructional purposes or to enhance faculty research that actively includes undergraduates as participants.
Funding for the award comes from the West Virginia Research Challenge Fund, which lays the foundation for many of West Virginia’s competitive grant programs. Since 2005, the state’s Research Challenge Fund has awarded more than $29.7 million for research supporting 19 institutions across West Virginia.
Glenville State College will receive the grant check at the 10th Annual Undergraduate Research Day at the West Virginia State Capitol on Thursday, February 28th.
Dr. Sawyer hopes to have the new equipment installed and ready for use in the spring. GSC has added $500 to Dr. Sawyer’s grant that will cover the cost of the installation of the purification system.
This is the fourth Instrumentation Grant that GSC has received since 2008. Dr. Sawyer, GSC Associate Professor of Chemistry Dr. David O’Dell, and GSC Assistant Professor of Biology and Department Chair Dr. Gary Morris have previously been awarded Instrumentation Grants.