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Saturday, March 17, 2018

ACC to Participate in Science Grant Program

ACC to Participate in Science Grant Program
Alvin Community College has been selected to take part in a research program funded by the National Science Foundation.
The Foundation issued a $2.1 million grant to the University of Houston’s Biotechnology program that will include five colleges and universities: Rochester Institute of Technology, Southern Utah University, Louisiana Tech University, Prairie View A&M University and ACC.
“As the sole community college partner, ACC is honored to be a part of the University of Houston’s prestigious NSF grant program,” said Dr. Cynthia Griffith, ACC Vice President of Instruction. “Our faculty and students will have an incredible opportunity to gain research experience while working alongside professors and students from the partner universities. Beyond the research experiences, we hope that our students’ participation will increase their scientific knowledge and skills as well as decrease their apprehension about future transfer to a university when they complete their degrees at ACC.”      
The program will fund the implementation of sampling research protocols currently used by the UH Biotech program. These protocols will screen local soil samples for bacteria that degrade agricultural pesticides.
 "This project will give ACC students the opportunity to go out into the field and conduct research that they will be recognized for,” said John Matula, ACC Biology instructor and grant lead. “Any data contributed by ACC students will be entered into a national database that will be used by anyone researching pesticide degradation. There is no other research opportunity like this in the State of Texas for community college students.”
The program is designed to help students gain an understanding of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) research methods within the industry. 
"I am so excited that ACC has the opportunity to collaborate with institutions like the University of Houston,” Matula said. “It is a great experience for our students, and I am excited about the potential partnerships we will form.”
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