WMC to use $700,000 grant for science...


WMC to use $700,000 grant for science programs

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute's Undergraduate Biological Sciences Education Program has awarded a four-year grant of $700,000 to Western Maryland College.

The college's second such award since 1993 will be used to support four initiatives in science, including the development of an institute for retired scientists to mentor WMC student researchers, said Robert H. Chambers, college president.

Through the Institute for Emeriti Scientists, experienced science faculty, who are eligible for early retirement at other institutions, will take on WMC students as research assistants, giving the students valuable practical experience in campus laboratories working on a range of projects.

Statistical reports have shown that scientists ages 58 to 62 want to spend less time on administrative tasks and more time mentoring young scientists. The institute will give the scientists that research time and double the number of research opportunities now available to WMC students.

In addition, the grant will fund an outreach program in Prince George's County that is intended to excite more students about science.

The award also will allow WMC to purchase equipment for its own biology laboratories and renovate student research facilities, Chambers said.

New scholarship established at community college

John W. Spurrier, chairman of the Maryland Law Enforcement Officers (MLEO) Inc., and Francis DeStefano, widow of the late Joseph M. DeStefano, recently presented Carroll Community College with $1,250 for a new scholarship.

The Joseph M. DeStefano Memorial Scholarship will honor the former MLEO treasurer, who was the driving force behind establishing a MLEO scholarship at the college eight years ago.

To apply for the scholarship, students must be in good scholastic standing, in need of financial assistance and be planning a career in law enforcement.

Pub Date: 8/04/96


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