Mount Mercy University has been awarded a $125,000 grant from the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust in support of undergraduate research and inquiry-based curriculum in the biology and chemistry programs.
The grant will fund the renovation of an existing classroom to create a state-of-the-art undergraduate research laboratory, which will include mammalian tissue culture facilities. The grant will also furnish the new laboratory with modern equipment in support of research endeavors. The project will infuse laboratory experiences into Mount Mercy’s curriculum for students studying the sciences, as well as non-majors, in order to support collaborative faculty-mentored undergraduate research.
“This grant will allow Mount Mercy students to benefit from state-of-the-art equipment and technology, exposing them to a wider range of advanced experimental techniques,” says Dr. Alesia Hruska-Hageman, principal investigator for the grant and Mount Mercy assistant professor of biology. “By providing students with hands-on learning opportunities in both inquiry-based courses and faculty-mentored undergraduate research, we are fostering a deeper understanding of the subject matter in our students.”
Mount Mercy students will learn first-hand the importance of analytical and communication skills by conducting sophisticated laboratory techniques that will give them a competitive edge on admission to professional and graduate programs as well as employment in laboratory-based occupations.