LINCOLN RECEIVES $209 THOUSAND GRANT
FROM NSF FOR ECOLOGICAL
UNIVERSITY, PA ~ President Ivory V. Nelson has announced that
Lincoln University has been awarded a five-year $209,000 grant
from the National Science Foundation to introduce African American
students to ecological research and to encourage them to pursue
graduate studies through a mentoring program.
“We are very pleased to receive this grant from the
National Science Foundation,” President Nelson said. “This
research has tremendous implications for the future health
of our nation.”
Dr. David Royer, principal investigator of the grant and
professor and chair of the Biology Department, “The
project will focus on five topics: invasive species, harmful
algal blooms, microbial metabolism in an impacted carbon cycle,
embryo development in stressful environments, and fish ecology
in low oxygen environments.”
Dr. Royer will
collaborate with Dr. David Kirchman of the College of Marine
and Earth Studies at the University of Delaware. Drs.
Susan Stafford and Anna Hull of the Biology Department at Lincoln
will serve as research mentors.
“The intellectual merit of this project is that it will
provide a structured program at Lincoln University to better
prepare students for graduate study in biology,” Dr.
will be chosen from among the undergraduate biology and environmental
science majors. Students will be chosen
for the program based on interest, academic achievement, recommendations
from the faculty, and willingness to commit to the program.
Students will be supported for a period of 18 months, during
which time they will conduct research at Lincoln University
and the College of Marine Studies at the University of Delaware.
Dr. Royer said the program includes a research methods course,
an extensive research experience, a seminar course, a journal
club, and the opportunity to present and publish research results.
Founded in 1854, Lincoln
University is a premier, historically Black University that
combines the best elements of a liberal arts and sciences-based
undergraduate core curriculum and selected graduate programs
to meet the needs of those living in a highly technological
and global society. The University is nationally
recognized as a major producer of African Americans with undergraduate
degrees in the physical sciences (biology, chemistry and physics);
computer and informational sciences; biological and life sciences. Lincoln
has an enrollment of 2,423 undergraduate and graduate students.
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