Valparaiso University secured a $70,000 grant from the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund.
Valpo obtained one of only 45 estimated annual awards for undergraduate institutions. This funding, awarded over a 3-year span, will be used to further the goals of the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund — to support fundamental research in the petroleum field and to develop the next generation of engineers and scientists through support of advanced scientific education. Specifically, it is required that 40 percent of the grant goes toward the support of research students.
“This grant is a valuable opportunity for students to immerse themselves in research critical to the development of novel materials that are important for basic science and for applications,” said Mark L. Biermann, Ph.D., provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. “In collaboration with faculty, these students will make meaningful contributions and gain valuable experience that will provide unique preparation for graduate school and their careers.”
Jennifer Holt, Ph.D., assistant professor of chemistry, is the principal investigator for the grant. “The chemistry department believes undergraduate research is key to developing students’ skills so that they can go on to graduate school or industrial positions in chemistry,” Holt said, “and this funding will provide that opportunity for several of our students.”