The Chemistry Department will receive a $500,000 grant for summer fellowships from the John Stauffer Charitable Trust, but only if alumni and friends match that amount within four years.
So far, an anonymous donor has responded to the challenge grant with a $200,000 gift, and the trust has matched that amount.
The goal is for all qualified chemistry students to do research in the summer and present work at professional conferences throughout the year. At the full $1 million of funding, the John Stauffer Research Fellows Program in the Chemical Sciences will allow about 10 students each year to work for eight weeks under faculty supervision. Right now, two or three students conduct summer chemistry projects through the Swenson Science Summer Research Fellowship program.