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.

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