In 2005, Furman shared an award with seven South Carolina institutions with an overarching goal aimed at increasing biomedical research competitiveness in our state. Between May 2005 and April 2010, Furman received approximately $2M in funding through NIH-INBRE with the primary focus on 6 target faculty across three disciplines (Biology, Psychology and Chemistry). In 2010, Furman's NIH-INBRE award was renewed for an additional five year period supporting five target faculty in Biology, Chemistry and Neuroscience:
INBRE benefits Furman in the following ways:
• Through the support of
five target faculty in the biomedical sciences, Dr. Renee Chosed (Biology); Dr.
Karen Buchmueller (Chemistry); Dr. David Hollis (Biology); Dr. Nick Kuklinski
(Chemistry); and Dr. Onarae Rice (Neuroscience). Target faculty receive summer
support for themselves and their students, lab tech support or startup, and
academic year release time to focus more intentionally on building a
competitive research program.
• Through infrastructure
support including startup funding for the new hires,funding for specified
research instrumentation to support the biomedical research faculty and
students at Furman and surrounding institutions.
• Through support of
faculty and students from other regional undergraduate institutions working
with established Furman investigators, e.g., Dr. Neval Erturk from Converse
College and her students have worked at Furman during the Summers of 2010
through 2014 on collaborative projects with Dr Eli Hestermann (Biology).
• Through the targeted
support of outreach initiatives originating in Furman's Office of Integrative
Research in the Sciences and directed by Dr. John Kaup, Coordinator of Science
Education. This includes providing summer research experiences and science
exposures for high school students including a strategic focus on students from
undeserved/underrepresented backgrounds, opportunities for secondary science
teachers to engage in summer research at Furman, outreach by Furman science
undergraduates in the form of strategic mentoring programs with local middle
schools serving predominantly urban, minority populations, and an instrument
loaning program, “Scope-On-A-Rope” with regional school districts.