Augie, Sanford Awarded $320,000 Grant
by Jill Johnson
June 27, 2013 4:31 PM
The National Science Foundation has awarded Sanford Research and Augustana College a $320,000 grant.
The three year grant establishes a REU or a Research Experiences for Undergraduates site which allows students to explore topics in cellular and molecular biology. The grant offers $5,000 stipends to ten students from across the country to participate in a 10 week research program.
Campus housing is provided and the students receive money to attend national biology conferences where they can display their research. Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Seasson Vitiello says it provides students with a unique opportunity that they wouldn't normally be able to have.
Dr. Vitiello said, "My passion has always been teaching and so having this undergraduate research program and exposing our students to what real science is like is really important to me."
The program began in June. The site at Sandford Research and Augustana is just the sixth established in South Dakota and one of only 47 in cell biology across the nation.