Award Number1229063
Funding AgencyNational Science Foundation
Effective Date2012-09-01
Expiration Date2015-08-31
Funding Amount$353,530


This award to Clarion University of Pennsylvania is for the acquisition of a Zeiss EVO LS10 Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM). The multiple functions of this SEM, such as high resolution, elemental analysis capability, and environmental mode, satisfies the needs of researchers across the disciplines of physics, biology, and anthropology, enabling them to conduct collaborative, creative, and innovative projects that significantly advance the knowledge of their respective fields.

The acquisition of the SEM is expected to transform how teachers and students are trained and educated in the sciences in rural western Pennsylvania. Additionally, Clarion is partnered with the Barnes Center for Biotechnology Business Development, a product of the Keystone Innovation Zone (KIZ) program funded by the State of Pennsylvania. The high-tech companies in the Barnes Center will have access to the SEM, encouraging further entrepreneurship and providing new research partnerships and training opportunities for faculty and students.