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Welch Foundation Grants $35,000 to ASU Chemistry Department

November 11, 2010

The Angelo State University Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry has been awarded a one-year, $35,000 grant from the Robert A. Welch Foundation to support chemical research by ASU faculty and students for 2011.

The grant was awarded through the foundation’s Departmental Research Grant Program and will be used primarily to support faculty supervised undergraduate student research in chemistry. That includes student research scholarships and lab supplies, travel expenses for students to attend regional and national scientific meetings to present their results, publication expenses, and research instrumentation and equipment.

The ASU Chemistry and Biochemistry Department has been receiving the Welch Foundation grant since 1996. Previously, the grant had been awarded in three-year cycles at $25,000 per year.

“This year, thanks to a planned increase in research-active faculty and the research performed by our students, we were invited to apply for funding at the $35,000 per year level,” said Dr. John Osterhout, department head. “The fact that we continue to receive funding from the Welch Foundation speaks well for our dedicated faculty and the continued research performance of our students.”

The Welch Foundation is based in Houston and is one of the United States’ oldest and largest private funding sources for basic chemical research. Since its founding in 1954, the foundation has contributed to the advancement of chemistry through research grants, departmental programs, endowed chairs and other special projects at educational institutions in Texas.

For more information, contact Dr. Osterhout at 942-2181.