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Mount Saint Vincent Awarded $150,000 Alden Trust Grant

10/27/2015

Funding Benefits the Creation of the College’s New Microbiology Laboratory Suite

Riverdale, N.Y. – The College of Mount Saint Vincent has been awarded a grant from the George I. Alden Trust to maintain the exceptional quality of the College’s nationally-recognized programs in the natural sciences and nursing. The grant will provide $150,000 to support the College’s efforts to create a new laboratory suite to enhance instruction and student research in the field of microbiology. The microbiology laboratory is the final component of a comprehensive renovation and modernization of the College’s Science Hall.

To date, the College has created eight new science laboratories which have enabled curriculum innovation in chemistry, genetics, ecology, and neurobiology and have facilitated new learning opportunities for the College’s diverse population of talented and ambitious students. The project has included the creation of group study spaces on each floor of the building, the renovation of classrooms and faculty offices, and has enabled the installation of new windows and doors, and an ADA compliant elevator, as well as a HVAC system.

The new laboratories have ensured the academic rigor of the College’s science programs, which are well enrolled and academically strong, with natural science majors comprising 10% of the undergraduate population. Additionally, the laboratories have facilitated new opportunities by enabling student and faculty research. In recent years, two faculty members have received funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to conduct research on chromosomal development. These faculty members engage students as research assistants and collaborators. Faculty members also recruit students to participate in research conducted in collaboration with institutions including Brown University, Rockefeller University, and St. John’s University.

This award builds on the Alden Trust’s philanthropy to the College. Previous gifts from the Trust have supported laboratory modernization, as well as gifts to the Elizabeth Seton Library, and the College’s scholarship program.

About the College of Mount Saint Vincent
Founded in 1847 by the Sisters of Charity, the College of Mount Saint Vincent offers nationally recognized liberal arts education and a select array of professional fields of study on a landmark campus overlooking the Hudson River. Committed to the education of the whole person, and enriched by the unparalleled cultural, educational and career opportunities of New York City, the College equips students with the knowledge, skills and experiences necessary for lives of achievement, professional accomplishment and leadership in the 21st century.