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Kuo receives National Science Foundation grant

September 14, 2012

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Louis Kuo, professor of chemistry, has been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to continue work on a project that allows for undergraduate chemistry students to gain hands-on experience with X-ray crystallography.

Titled “X-Ray Crystallography for Transforming Undergraduate Instruction at PUIs in the Pacific Northwest,” the project spans four college campuses—George Fox University, Lewis & Clark College, University of Portland, and Willamette University.

The NSF funding supports the purchase of a fully automated bench-top system for crystal structure determination. Together, the four institutions will develop curricular materials using X-ray crystallography to analyze samples and determine accurate and precise measurements of the full three-dimensional structure of a molecule.

The Transforming Undergraduate Education in STEM Program (TUES) grant aims to “support efforts to create, adapt, and disseminate new learning materials and teaching strategies to reflect advances both in STEM disciplines and in what is know about teaching and learning,” according to the National Science Foundation.

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Zibby Pillote ’14 contributed to this story.