Posted: Sep 20, 2013 8:50 AM by The Associated Press
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph has received the largest research grant in its history.
University officials announced Thursday that the school was awarded a $1 million, three-year National Science Foundation grant to fund undergraduate synthetic biology research. Davidson College in North Carolina received a similar grant.
The St. Joseph News-Press reports the three-year grant will provide summer research jobs for 18 undergraduate students on each school's campus, supplies and equipment, meetings on each campus and travel to conferences.
Todd Eckdahl, who helped write the grant proposal, says the grant will fund research on a system to reprogram the genetic material of bacteria, which could be used in energy, environment, pharmaceuticals, food production, biomining and bioremediation.