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New grants to WMU near $11 million in three months

Jan. 3, 2011

KALAMAZOO--Grants to Western Michigan University soared to nearly $11 million from September through November, WMU trustees learned at their Dec. 17, 2010, meeting.

The three-month total was $10,990,637, bringing the total of grants received since the July 1 start of the fiscal year to more than $21 million. Research grants led the way during the three-month period, climbing past $8.7 million, with notable research awards coming from the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Education.

The education grant, totaling more than $2.7 million, went to Dr. Nancy R. Van Kannel-Ray and Shelly Carpenter, co-directors of the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) office in the WMU College of Education and Human Development. It will continue GEAR UP programs encouraging at-risk students to pursue and become better prepared for college.

The energy grant, totaling nearly $1 million, went to Dr. John Patten, chair and professor of manufacturing engineering and director of the Center for Manufacturing Research. The grant will support engagement with industry in green manufacturing programs and projects that promote research, design and evaluation of green materials, processes and facilities.

Other grant totals by category include $758,892 for instruction; $1,013,260 for public service; $305,864 for student services; and $182,193 for scholarships and fellowships.

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Media contact: Cheryl Roland, (269) 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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