$20,000 Gift from Battelle to Support Student Research in the College of Science

Students receiving Battelle Research Scholarships and their faculty mentors.

As part of its charitable contribution plan, Battelle, a global nonprofit research and development organization, recently donated $20,000 to support student research in the College of Science at Eastern Kentucky University (EKU).

The check presentation ceremony was held in the New Science Building on EKU’s campus on April 5, 2017.  Dr. Gerald Pogatshnik, Associate Vice President for Research and Dean of Graduate School welcomed the Battelle team to EKU.  Representing Battelle from the Richmond site were Mark Needham (Battelle Site Manager), Steve Downing (Laboratory Manager), Dr. George Lucier (Deputy Chief Scientist), and Ms. Heather Grant (Chemical Personnel Reliability Program Coordinator).

Dr. Tom Otieno, Interim Dean of the College of Science received the check on behalf of Eastern.  “Undergraduate research is a high impact practice with demonstrable effect on student learning and student engagement.  The gift from Battelle will enable us to provide three students with the opportunity to focus on undergraduate research during the summer,” Otieno said.  “The gift will also benefit additional College of Science students by providing support to students traveling to conferences to present the results of their research.”

Noting that Battelle founder Gordon Battelle’s vision was for business and scientific interests to work together as forces for positive change, Mark Needham praised the developing relationship between Battelle and EKU.  “Our business relies significantly on personnel with background in STEM and we currently have a number of EKU alumni working for us.  I am glad we can support you in training more students in STEM areas and I hope some of them will become our employees.”

The students receiving the awards were selected on a competitive basis.  Charles Greif, a senior forensic science major will work on a project in the area of synthesis and applications of peptides in the laboratory of Dr. Margaret Ndinguri, an Assistant Professor of Chemistry.  Angel Shelton, a senior geology major, will be researching the use of satellites in mapping geologic stress fields on Mars.  She will be supervised by Dr. Christopher Hughes, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geosciences.  Dr. Tanea Reed, an Associate Professor of Chemistry will supervise Meranda Quijas, a senior biomedical sciences major.  Quijas will be researching lipid profile of moderately traumatic brain injured rats using multidimensional treatments strategies.

According to Greif, “An undergraduate research experience will be incredibly beneficial to my aspirations because it will give me a glimpse at what fully dedicating myself to research is like.  Graduate school is almost all research, and this foundation will help me comprehend the complexities of graduate level research.”

Battelle is a global nonprofit research and development organization involved in the development and commercialization of technology for a wide variety of industry and government customers.  Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Battelle’s commitment includes supporting science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education initiatives that can make the greatest impact.  Battelle in Richmond is a teaming partner supporting systemization activities at the Blue Grass Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant (BGCAPP) as part of the Bechtel Parsons Blue Grass Joint Venture.

Published on April 17, 2017