NSF Awards CSU Grant for Microscope

The National Science Foundation recently announced that Columbus State University, of the University System of Georgia, was awarded $293,575 to acquire a scanning electron microscope.

The grant was written by Kevin S. Burgess (PI), Clinton I. Barineau (Co-PI), Daniel W. Holley (Co-PI) and Elizabeth A. Klar (Co-PI) to support and expand a diverse group of research programs within the Department of Biology, Chemistry and Earth and Space Sciences. Students working directly with faculty will use SEM technology to enhance on-going research programs that involve the university’s field sites, museum collections, herbarium collections and molecular and chemistry laboratories. Students typically present at international, national, and regional scientific meetings and are co-authors on publications.

“Ultimately, the incorporation of SEM technology to the curriculum of Columbus State University will directly increase undergraduate and graduate participation in research,” said Dr. Kevin Burgess, professor and herbarium curator at Columbus State University. “This could encourage students to pursue careers as professional biologists, chemists, environmental scientists and geologists.”

Additional information about the award as well as information about the National Science Foundation can be found at https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1726629.