FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 8, 2011
For more information:
Public Relations Department
Glenville State College
(304) 462-7361 ext. 6390
Glenville, WV—The Division of Science and Research for the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (WVHEPC) has awarded Glenville State College a $8,651.51 Instrumentation Grant for the purchase of a NanoDrop Spectrophotometer.
The grant application was submitted by Dr. Gary Morris, GSC Assistant Professor of Biology and Department Chair.
The NanoDrop Spectrophotometer is used to measure the concentration of biological molecules such as DNA, RNA, and proteins. It is seventy times more sensitive than other instruments used to make these types of measurements so a smaller amount of sample is needed. “This piece of equipment will expose our students to high-end technology which is normally only available to graduate students. This will be another asset that Glenville State College will use to prepare our students for graduate school and give them the background that will make them better students” said Morris. The NanoDrop Spectrophotometer will also be a valuable tool for research being conducted by Dr. Morris and Dr. Sara Sawyer, GSC Assistant professor of Biology.
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.
Glenville State College will receive the grant check at the Ninth Annual Undergraduate Research Day at the West Virginia State Capitol on Thursday, January 26, 2012.
This is the third Instrumentation Grant that GSC has received since 2008. Dr. Sawyer and Dr. David O’Dell, GSC Associate Professor of Chemistry, have previously been awarded Instrumentation Grants.