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Shepherd University professor secures grant for research

January 02, 2011

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. — Shepherd University recently received a three-year award from the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission Division of Science and Research and the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research for $81,000, which was secured by Colleen Nolan, dean of the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and professor of biology.

The project targets increasing preparedness and the number of students pursuing graduate training in science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines.

This is the first time Shepherd has been awarded the grant.

Nolan said the grant will be used for student research, travel and presentation of research, and will also aid in the mentoring of students and provide support to fund supplies.

Nolan said funds will be distributed by actively recruiting students from STEM disciplines at Shepherd. Students who apply for funding will be chosen based on a selection committee.

Nolan said this grant will give Shepherd the opportunity to put its "best foot forward," by highlighting faculty and students and their research.

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