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Moravian College receives funds for Science Teaching and Research

Bethlehem, Pa., March 5, 2008— Moravian College recently received funding in support of its strategic initiative to strengthen and enhance teaching and research in the sciences.  The U.S. Department of Education awarded a noncompetitive congressionally-directed grant to Moravian College totaling $85,480, secured through Pennsylvania Senators Arlen Specter and Bob Casey.

When announcing approval for these and other projects in the area, Senator Specter stated, “I am pleased my colleagues have approved this important funding for the Lehigh Valley… these projects are vital.

The grant, which represents forty-five percent of the funding needed this year, will fund an ongoing initiative to strengthen teaching of the sciences.  Fifty-five percent of the total cost of the project will be funded by nongovernmental sources.

 “One of the College’s strategic initiatives is to strengthen and enhance teaching and research in the sciences,” said Suzanne Schamberger, director of foundation relations at Moravian. “This grant will be used to expand and improve the study of the natural sciences in the context of a liberal arts education by funding curriculum development and the purchase of upgraded equipment and technology.”

“The funding will help us build upon the current momentum in science education and research at Moravian,” Schamberger noted.  “The College has a record number of students participating in undergraduate research in the sciences due to a generous endowment established to support student-faculty collaborative research and a National Science Foundation grant establishing Moravian as part of an Undergraduate Research Center.”

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.