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October 2013

The National Science Foundation has awarded a $565,000 grant that will build a network between Central Michigan University, Delta College and Saginaw Valley State University to drive environmental science research and education. Delta College was awarded $99,835 for its portion of the project. Jay Vanhouten, Professor of Biology, will oversee the project, along with co-project leaders Bernadette Harkness, Associate Professor of Chemistry, Jon Gittins, Chemistry Instructor, and Kristopher Nitz, Biology Instructor.

This project will help our institutions to collaborate and transform undergraduate STEM courses with environmental research-based experiments. All three institutions will work with regional community partners, such as the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) and the Bay County Health Department (BCHD), to provide environmental quality data for local water and soil resources. Over the three year grant period, the project will impact approximately 350 Delta College students. They contribute to their community through the water quality work as well as their involvement with older student mentors during the STEM education exercises. Delta College’s analytical chemistry students will gain much needed experience applying analytical skills to solve research questions at Beaver Island, Michigan, which is the location of CMU’s Biological Station.

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