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Grants fund student-faculty research in the sciences

October 16, 2014

This last summer, NNU science students filled the labs of the Thomas Family Health and Science Center working on a host of original research projects under the direction of their professors. Examples of these projects include testing materials and electronics for space flight, synthesizing self-assembling molecules capable of encapsulating smaller molecules, using remote sensing to evaluate crop health, and researching the causes for illness such as MRSA bacterial infections, Alzheimer’s disease and the effect of alcohol on fetal development.

The 35 undergraduate researchers are supported in part by a number of generous grants. NNU professors have obtained funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, NASA and the Idaho Space Grant, and the INBRE Program. 

The INBRE Program, the IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence, has been a long-time partner with NNU. In June, NNU was pleased to announce the renewal of a grant for a total of $3.2 million over the next five years in partnership with all the universities in Idaho to support biomedical research. The INBRE Program is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Institute of General Medical Sciences Institutional Development Award (IDeA). 

NNU has a long history of faculty-student research through which students work closely with faculty members on projects in chemistry, physics and engineering as well as biomedical research. These funds will help continue that long-time tradition of research excellence and real-world experience for undergraduate students.

NNU has a long history of faculty-student research through which students work closely with faculty members on projects in chemistry, physics and engineering as well as biomedical research. 

Dr. Dan Nogales, dean of NNU’s College of Arts and Sciences, says, “We are incredibly grateful for the support of the INBRE Program. It will continue to enhance the already active research happening at NNU and give us opportunities to expand research capabilities for our students and faculty over the next five years.” 

The aim of the INBRE Program and focus of the grant is to strengthen the biomedical research landscape in Idaho and to provide a pipeline for students and faculty to promote biomedical research professionals. The INBRE Program funds research through educational institutions throughout the state. Boise State University, Idaho State University and College of Idaho researchers will work in collaboration with NNU researchers on the funded projects.

The INBRE grant and the research it funds is just one example of the faith placed in NNU and its faculty to provide an unparalleled educational experience to students that then go on to make advances in their fields in the State of Idaho and around the world.

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