Students and faculty at Lycoming College will enjoy new advanced research capabilities in a range of subjects with the addition of a scanning electron microscope to the Lynn Science Center, which will open this fall. The acquisition of the microscope was made possible by a $110,000 grant from the George I. Alden Trust, of Worcester, Mass.
“We appreciate the ongoing generous support that the college has received from the Alden Trust,” said Kent C. Trachte, president of Lycoming College. “Equipment of this caliber is not available at most small colleges and will allow our faculty and students to cross new frontiers in research and laboratory instruction.”
The microscope will foster interdisciplinary collaboration among scientists, faculty and students and allow them to produce the high-standard research sought by nationally-recognized publications. It also significantly improves students’ prospects for post-graduate employment and study.
“The microscope produces extremely high-resolution surface images of a wide variety of samples that will allow us to engage in pioneering research on many current issues,” said Christopher Kulp, Ph.D., department chair and professor of astronomy and physics at Lycoming College.
The grant is the third to date from the Alden Trust to the college. The George I. Alden Trust focuses on capital projects that contribute significantly to the intellectual growth of students. Funds are given to undergraduate institutions that demonstrate a combination of educational excellence, exciting programming, and efficient and effective administration. For more information, please visit the Alden Trust website.