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VFIC Summer Research Grants

The Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges (VFIC) awards summer research grants to VWC students in the sciences. The goal of these awards is to encourage undergraduate research in the sciences at Virginia’s private institutions of higher learning.

In summer 2013, VFIC awarded research grants to two VWC students.

Ms. Alison Washington received support for her project “Kinetics of Release of Dyes and Pigments in Thermally Cured Poly(allylamine)/Poly(acrylic acid hydrochloride) Thin Films.” Her project was supervised by  Associate Professor of Chemistry Dr. Kevin Kittredge. Ms. Washington and Dr. Kittredge will present their research at the Southeast Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society (SERMACS).

Ms. Andrea Slurff received support for her research “Diversity of Ascoglossa (Mollusca: Gastropoda: Opisthobranchia: Ascoglossa) from the Florida Keys.” This research studied  the biology, ecology, and biogeography of opisthobranch mollusks (sea slugs), and was directed by Batten Associate Professor of Biology Dr. Deirdre Gonsalves-Jackson.

More information on these projects is available here.

To apply for the summer 2014 VFIC research grants, VWC students submit an online application. This application will be made available in spring 2014.

Funds for VFIC research grants may be applied toward expenses related to research, including equipment, software, travel, room and board on campus, and a stipend.

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