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November 2007

Release Date: November 26, 2007

Welch Foundation Grants $75,000 to ASU Chemistry Department

The Angelo State University Chemistry Department has been awarded a three-year, $75,000 grant from the Robert A. Welch Foundation to support chemical research by ASU chemistry faculty and broaden opportunities for students to study chemistry.

ASU will receive $25,000 annually beginning June 1, 2008, and running through May 31, 2011.

Dr. George E. Shankle, head of the ASU Chemistry and Biochemistry Department, said the grant 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, and research instrumentation.

“Our Robert A. Welch Foundation Departmental Research Grant allows us to maintain an active, student-oriented research program, which greatly benefits our students as they pursue employment or graduate study in chemistry,” Shankle said. “Since the Welch Foundation is one of the most important and influential supporters of chemical research in Texas, we feel honored that they believe our research activities merit continued funding.”

This marks the fifth consecutive three-year cycle, dating back to 1996, that ASU has been awarded a Welch grant.

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