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Pomona College Receives $170,000 in Grants for Summer Undergraduate Research Program

testPomona College has received grants totaling $170,000 to support its Summer Undergraduate Research Program. The Faucett Family Foundation has provided $150,000 over three years, from 2010 to 2012. The Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation, which has previously supported the program, donated $20,000 towards summer 2011 research.

Opportunities for undergraduate students to engage in hands-on research are one of the hallmarks of a Pomona College education. In summer 2010, more than 160 students had that opportunity. Last summer, student research subjects included:

  • Student and parent efforts to influence the New Orleans public school system since Hurricane Katrina;
  • the role of birds in the regeneration of native forests in the Mariana Islands;
  • Latino history in San Francisco from the Gold Rush to the 1970s, using oral histories and newspaper archives;
  • levels of lead and halogen soil contamination at Brackett Field;
  • chronic mild stress and sex differences in synaptic plasticity;
  • U.S. global democracy promotion and the growing rift between the U.S. and Latin America in responding to recent crises in Latin America;
  • the role that tumor distance from the blood vessel plays in determining whether the tumor will  metastasize; and
  • internet freedom and cyber attacks, including who launches them, who is attacked and the financial, national security and civil rights impacts.

“There is nothing quite like the excitement and learning experience of doing original research,” notes Pomona College President David Oxtoby. “SURPS provide students with the opportunity to think creatively, analyze data or a situation, and oftentimes work towards solutions, all under the mentorship of one of our talented faculty.”

Ongoing support to the summer research program is provided by the Rose Hills Foundation, Paul K. and Evalyn E. Cook Richter Memorial Fund, Kenneth Cooke Memorial Fund, Dale N. Robertson Fund, Aubrey H. and Eileen J. Seed Student Research Fund, Schulz Fund for Environmental Studies, Brian Stonehill Fund, Elgin Fund and Evelyn B. Craddock-McVicar Memorial Fund.

Pomona College, founded in 1887, is located in Claremont, CA, east of the City of Los Angeles. The College is known for its distinctive liberal arts education, small classes, close relationships between students and faculty, and opportunities for research and involvement on campus and in the community. In October, Pomona College launched Campaign Pomona: Daring Minds, with a goal of raising $250 million