Coe receives $32,000 grant to fund travel for scientific research, conferences

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2012-06-05 14:42:12 - General

The Coe College Physics Department has received nearly $32,000 in two grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to provide travel opportunities for students and faculty to conduct glass research and attend scientific conferences. This funding supplements the current $420,000 multi-year Research in Undergraduate Institutions (RUI) grant from the NSF designated for the department.

This summer, 13 Coe students are researching the properties of glass at five collaborating laboratories in the U.S., Canada and Europe. The bulk of the research has been moved off of the Coe campus due to the major renovation taking place in Peterson Hall of Science, which is scheduled to be completed by the end of August. Specifically, the students are working with the glass research group at Corning, Inc. in Corning, N.Y.; the NMR group at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg; the EXAFS group at the University of Trento, Trento, Italy; the NMR and glass group at the University of Warwick, Coventry, United Kingdom; and the glass and optical materials group at Iowa State University in Ames.

“We view this as an especially good opportunity to allow a great number of Coe physics students to join existing off-campus collaborations,” said Coe Physics Professor Steve Feller. “We have a long and strong record working with these groups, and we know they are productive. Each group has been very happy to take these students during the renovation of Peterson Hall, and we are grateful for their cooperation.”

In addition, part of the grant funding is designated to support faculty attending principal investigator conferences at NSF headquarters in Arlington, Va., this summer and in the summer of 2013.

With one of the leading undergraduate science programs in the country, Coe is one of only a handful of small colleges in the United States designated as a site for Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU), sponsored by the NSF. Coe leads all Eastern Iowa colleges in NSF grants received during the past decade, with 27 awards totaling more than $7.7 million.