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College of Science & Mathematics

Summer Grants Go Up and Out

MaryLou Kerwin, D.J. Angelone, Dean Parviz Ansari, Mark Hickman, Lark Perez

In the tradition of celebrating scholarly activities within the College of Science and Mathematics, the college was proud to host the fourth annual SUmmer Grant Awards to honor faculty for their outstanding interdisciplinary collaborative research projects.

The Summer Grant Program began in 2010 as a vehicle to increase students' interest in research and involvement on campus, and over the last three years has generated 19 funding proposals requesting over $3 million in external funding. This year, the recipients will receive more than $35,000 in funding from the College of Science and Mathematics, in order to enhance their interdisciplinary collaborative projects that begin this summer.

To keep the program competitive and motivating, the "seed" money was boosted up to $8,000 each, and co-investigators were added to take part in the research t enhance collaborative relationships outside the departments, the College as well as the industry. The Co-Pi's included researcers from the University of Washington, Princeton, and the Center for Family Services.

"The move to require collaborative projects with multiple PIs reflects the trends in both federal funding agencies and industry, said Greg Caputo, Assistant Dean for Research and Grants for CSM. "As the lines between traditional disciplines blur, the need for multiple types of expertise on research endeavors is even more critical. This type of interdisciplinarity can be seen in growing fields like bioinformantics, translational biosciences, and biomedical engineering and the collaborative aspect of the CSM summer grant mechanism follows this trend," continued Caputo.

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