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Recent Grants Top $200,000

In recent weeks, ONU has received more than $200,000 in grants. Here is a listing of the most recent:


$10,000 Challenge America Fast-Track Review grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

Thanks to the efforts of Catriona Macphie Hynds, managing director and development officer of the Freed Center for the Performing Arts, ONU has received the prestigious Challenge America Fast-Track Review grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. There were 170 grants awarded throughout the country and only five awards made in Ohio. ONU was the only Ohio university to receive one. The $10,000 grant will be used to support the performance of the African Children's Choir on April 7 at the Freed Center.


$10,000 Pittsburgh Conference Memorial National College Grant

Dr. Jake Zimmerman, assistant professor of chemistry and Dr. Chris Bowers, associate professor of chemistry, are the recipients of a $10,000 equipment grant from the Pittsburgh Conference Memorial National College Grant (PCMNCG) program. The grant will be used to help purchase a Shimadzu HPLC system which will allow faculty to introduce HPLC theory and separation techniques early into the undergraduate curriculum. The equipment will also create new opportunities for undergraduate research in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. ONU's proposal was one of 12 selected for funding from among the 59 received for consideration.


$100,000 Prelaw Undergraduate Scholars Program (PLUS)

The Claude W. Pettit College of Law is the recipient of a Prelaw Undergraduate Scholars Program (PLUS) grant from the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). This $100,000 grant is renewable for a maximum of three years. The PLUS program is designed to increase the number of lawyers from underrepresented groups by introducing freshmen and sophomores college students to the skills important for success in law school. Director of Law Development Lisa Sonia Taylor will serve as the program coordinator for ONU’s LSAC PLUS Program.  The program will bring as many as 25 such students from all over the United States to campus for a four-week residential program that includes both academic and professional development components. The Pettit College of Law is one of only three law colleges in the nation to receive this grant this year.


$5,000 Honda of America Manufacturing

Honda of America Manufacturing has awarded Ohio Northern University a $5,000 grant to support the 2010 U.S.-Japan Camp thanks to the efforts of Dr. Rob Alexander.  This is the third year for the two-week summer camp that brings American high school students to campus for cultural and language courses and experiences.  The camp participants have the opportunity to interact with Japanese students who are part of the Sakae Institute for Study Abroad that is held at the same time on campus.


$18,570 Martha Holden Jennings Foundation

The Martha Holden Jennings Foundation has awarded an $18,570 grant to Ohio Northern University thanks to the efforts of Dr. Dennis De Luca, associate professor of biological sciences. The grant will support the Summer Honors Institute (SHI) for gifted and talented students at Ohio Northern University.  This will mark the fifth year for the SHI which will feature 13 one-week courses to be held June 13-18,  June 27 to July 2 and July 25 -30.  The camp, directed by De Luca,is expected to attract 150 students.  The following courses will be offered during the 2010 SHI: Engineering, Design/Arts, Pharmacy, Philosophy, Physics, Chemistry, Mock Trial, Forensics I and II, Robotics, Ohio Natural History.  Two new courses will be offered this year: Herbal Medicine and a Young Women’s Leadership Experience.


$70,000 Biomass as an Alternative Energy Source

Ohio Northern University has entered into an agreement to develop a four-course module titled “Biomass as an Alternative Energy Source” for the Upper Scioto Wind/Energy Academy in McGuffy.  The Academy is a conversion community school designed to provide an innovative program of instruction on alternative energy to students residing in the Upper Scioto Valley Local School District and adjacent districts. The curriculum-development activity is a collaborative effort between the T.J. Smull College of Engineering (Dr. Ken Reid), the Department of Biological and Allied Health Sciences (Dr. Robert Verb), and the Center for Teacher Education (Dr. Debra Gallagher). The University will receive $70,000 for the development of the four modules.