MU professors awarded grants
HUNTINGTON -- Two Marshall University faculty members have been awarded grants that will help them prepare large research proposals, according to a press release.
The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission's Division of Science and Research awarded Research Proposal Mini-Grants of $6,000 each to Gary Schultz and Guo-Zhang Zhu, both of whom are assistant professors of biological sciences.
The grants provide replacement salary for an uninterrupted period of time so the faculty member can write large research proposals during the summer.
As a condition of obtaining the grant, each faculty member agrees to submit a proposal for funding to an external agency or foundation.
Schultz is exploring the diversity of the bacterial community in various ecosystems, including the Ohio and Guyandotte rivers, to learn how to better understand and manipulate ecosystems.
Research in Zhu's lab focuses on understanding the molecular basis of mammalian fertilization and early embryonic development.
"The mini-grant program is an investment in research and, ultimately, in economic development for our state," Dr. Jan Taylor, director of research programs for the Division of Science and Research, said in the release.
"By giving these faculty members the chance to more fully concentrate on writing large external research proposals, the State of West Virginia may ultimately attain benefits that are well beyond this small investment."
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