Occidental Receives $100,000 From Science Foundations
Occidental College has received two foundation awards totaling $100,000 that will be used for the advancement of science education.
A $70,000 award from the Irvine-based Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation will allot $14,000 to each of five Oxy students. Funds will allow the students to pursue research activities over a three-year period. The fellows, who will be chosen from the college’s biology, chemistry and biochemistry majors, will be selected each fall.
Beckman Foundation awards were made to 14 colleges and universities across the country. “The recipients for this award were some of the most prestigious institutions in the nation,” said Chris Craney, associate college dean and chairman of the biochemistry program. “This is high praise for our efforts.”
A separate $30,000 award from the New York-based Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, Inc. will fund the Oxy-Community College Faculty Collaborative Chemistry Initiative. Funding will allow a community college professor to spend a summer or a semester at Occidental working on research projects. That program is expected to start by the beginning of the next academic year.
The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Special Grant Program in the Chemical Sciences is designed to encourage opportunities that can result in imaginative and innovative ways to advance the chemical sciences, especially those efforts for which funding may not generally be available.