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Rose Hills Foundation Gives $200,000 Grant to Summer Undergraduate Research Program

Pomona College has received a $200,000 grant, payable over four years, from The Rose Hills Foundation for its Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP). The Foundation has provided support to Pomona’s summer research program since 2006, with earlier gifts totaling $250,000.

Opportunities for undergraduate students to engage in hands-on research are one of the hallmarks of a Pomona College education. This summer, more than 200 students applied for grants through the Summer Undergraduate Research Program, which provides participants with up to $4,000 in financial support of extended, focused research. Students either work on independent projects with substantive faculty mentoring or work directly for a professor as a summer research assistant.

In summer 2010, more than 160 students were able to take advantage of the opportunity. The students’ research subjects included:

  • the levels of lead and halogen contamination from aviation fuel additives at Brackett Field;
  • the identification of genes involved in the aging of yeast;
  • the loss of sensory hair cells in adult zebrafish and hearing in zebrafish;
  • the public healthcare system in post-revolutionary Nicaragua;
  • ArcGIS mapping of New Zealand tectonics to enable precise spatial analysis of paleomagnetic and field data;
  • the fusing of Indian classical dance with Western modern dance;
  • how unregistered grassroots NGOs operate in China;
  • the role that tumor distance from the blood vessel plays in determining whether the tumor will  metastasize; and
  • how jazz transformed communities and collaborative spaces in post-WWII Los Angeles.

Ongoing support for the Pomona College summer research program is also provided by the Paul K. and Evalyn E. Cook Richter Memorial Fund, Kenneth Cooke Memorial Fund, Faucett Family Foundation, Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation, 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 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.

To learn more about the Summer Undergraduate Research Program, please visit our Campaign site.