Schering-Plough Foundation Grant Funds Chemistry Research Labs
Madison, NJ (January 19, 2006)—A $300,000 grant from the Schering-Plough Foundation makes possible the renovation and creation of a new chemistry research laboratory cluster at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s College at Florham. University President J. Michael Adams said, “The new facility, in the Becton College of Arts and Sciences, will help FDU meet its goal of preparing students in the field of science who will not only thrive but excel in the technological world of the twenty-first century.”
The university will completely renovate the current medicinal chemistry and organic chemistry laboratories while creating a third lab for bioorganic materials research. “The facility will allow shared access to research space and equipment, “ said College at Florham Interim Provost Kenneth Greene, “which was previously limited. The labs will also encourage ongoing collaboration between faculty and students, which will greatly enhance our undergraduate and graduate science research programs.”
The renovations will be staged over a three-year period. The labs will be a strong addition to a number of substantial investments that FDU has made in its science department over the last two years. Recently completed projects include an interdisciplinary undergraduate research lab, dedicated bioinformatics computer lab, ecology lab, faculty microbiology lab, refurbished microbiology teaching lab and sterile prep area in the science building. Greene added, “As a result of the construction projects, the university plans to institute new research opportunities for students. “
The Schering-Plough Foundation, which will provide funding for the new labs over a three-year period, is a non-profit organization dedicated to working with the citizens of local communities to help them realize their full potential and enhance their quality of life. The Foundation targets its grants in three major areas: health, education and community initiatives.
For more information on FDU’s Becton College of Arts and Sciences, visit http://www.fdu.edu