Castleton University has committed to investing roughly $3.6 million to renovate and modernize the Jeffords Science Center after acquiring a $1 million investment from the State of Vermont.
The Castleton STEM Improvement Project includes funds from the Capital Adjustment Bill funded from the State paired with a match from the University totaling $1.5 million which will be combined with other funding sources for renovations and expansion of their science laboratories.
“In order for our students to be competitive in the job market or in graduate school, they need research experience as undergraduates to develop many laboratory and critical thinking skills necessary for success” said David Wolk, President of Castleton University.
Over the last six years, the Natural Sciences Department has won more than $750,000 in grant funding from agencies such as the NSF, the Vermont Genetics Network (VGN), VT EPSCoR and NEWRnet for active research. The majority of these funds have gone to student-faculty research where students and faculty work side by side on new and innovative research. “Undergraduate research is an essential component of an education in STEM majors” said Tim Grover, PhD, Natural Sciences Department Chair.
Five students from the Natural Sciences Department presented the results of their research at the Northeast Section meeting of the Geological Society of American last spring. Four other students presented research at a career day event sponsored by the Vermont Genetics Network.