It can mean, for a college campus, the difference between state-of-the-art equipment and or up-to-date materials for students and faculty. Important to the functioning of our campus are the additional resources that external funding affords us. In years past, this has included all kinds of equipment needed for teaching and research, as well as computer licenses, special programs, and materials. In an era of "short" budgets, these grant awards have significant value to the campus.
Dr. Scott Ferguson received a National Science Foundation Grant for $250,000 to study how the environment stimulates and changes gene expression in fruit flies. The grant includes stipends for students to work in a active research environment and purchased extensive equipment for the project.