If Bucknell's Department of Chemistry were a Major League Baseball team, it would be World Series champions.
In a sweep, faculty went four for four this year, receiving grants in excess of a half a million dollars in external funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), America's leading agency for science grants. The grants will fund undergraduate summer stipends, research equipment, supplies and chemicals for the next three years. Typically less than a quarter of such proposals get funded.
"It's been an unprecedented year," says department chair and Professor of Chemistry Tim Strein, who is one of the grant recipients. "The four projects address an array of interesting questions in contemporary science. It is gratifying that the quality of the work being carried out by Bucknell faculty and students has received such a solid external endorsement. "
The opportunity for Bucknell's students to get involved in these projects is as important as the fundamental reseach, says Strein. Each research team includes several undergraduates.
"Students are at the center of it all," says Strein. "They are working side-by-side with the faculty -- in the lab, on publishable work. They get to work with research-grade instruments, present their work at professional conferences and become co-authors on publications. In short, they are turning into scientists."