Ron Theys, Ph.D., UW-Fond du Lac chemistry professor, has received a $7,300 University of Wisconsin System Portals of Discovery grant for undergraduate collaborative research on an anti-inflammatory drug.
He will collaborate on the study with M. Mahmun Hossain, Ph. D., UW-Milwaukee chemistry professor. UW-Fond du Lac students Dillon Abhold and Alex Lundberg will also participate in the research study.
This grant is part of the larger National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded Portals of Discovery initiative which seeks to increase the number of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) graduates in Wisconsin. Funded projects focus on research collaborations between two-year and four-year colleges with the goal of increasing student interest in STEM fields.
Theys also plans to involve students at the high school level by collaborating with Fond du LacHigh School teacher Robert Doeckel. Students in Doeckel’s concurrent enrollment chemistry class will participate by doing a joint lab experiment with UW-Fond du Lac chemistry students related to this research. Concurrent enrollment students are earning high school and UW-Fond du Lac college credit for their coursework.
“Participating in undergraduate research is an exceptional way to enhance the learning opportunities for our students,” said John Short, UW-Fond du Lac dean and CEO. “Undergraduate research allows students to become socialized into the discipline, to forge professional networks and create clear educational and career paths.”