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National Spotlight Shines on UMBC's Commitment to Students

January 6, 1997-UMBC is one of six institutions in the nation honored at a recent White House ceremony recognizing recipients of the first Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring. In addition to UMBC, other schools included Columbia, Dartmouth, Duke, Georgia Tech, and Rice. Administered by the National Science Foundation, the awards include a $10,000 grant and commemorative presidential certificate.

Other recent awards to the campus include the following:

Lasse Lindahl, chair of the Biological Sciences Department, recently received a $1.5 million matching grant from the National Science Foundation's Academic Research Infrastructure Program toward the cost of renovating research and research-training space in the Biological Sciences building. Renovating UMBC's oldest academic building is a long-term project with a total estimated cost of $7.6 million. The grant complements prior NSF support for the department's Transgenic Greenhouse Facility and recent acqu isition of a confocal microscope.

Catherine Fenselau, chair of the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department, recently received $1.3 million over four years from the National Institutes of Health to expand participation of minorities in graduate biomedical science education. Building on the s uccess of the Meyerhoff Scholars Program in preparing talented African American undergraduates for careers in science and technology, this new graduate-level program will also provide support for an intensive 10-week summer research program for minority undergraduate students.

"As the UMBC story continues to unfold, I am especially pleased that our success is built on the foundation of a superb faculty caring deeply about their students."

- Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, President

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