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Posted 12.21.06


Sponsored Expenditures Top $174 Million, Researchers and Students See Benefits

COLUMBIA, MO - Sitting side-by-side with world-renowned scientists, making discoveries at the laboratory bench that can benefit Missourians and citizens around the world, and receiving money for it might sound like a wonderful opportunity for a lot of people. For several thousand University of Missouri-Columbia students, that opportunity is a reality.

Last year, Mizzou scientists spent more than $174 million on research projects. Of that money, $26 million went directly to students in the form of salaries and benefits for those working on research projects, and student financial aid, such as stipends or scholarships. At MU, both undergraduate and graduate students offer valuable assistance on research projects undertaken by MU scientists. In some cases, students may complete the studies themselves and even present the work at national conferences and workshops.

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Of the $174 million, $134 million came from federal sources such as the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation. Other sources included state agencies and private foundations. The College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, the School of Medicine, and the College of Arts and Science spent the most money on research.

Some examples of recent awards and research projects on the MU campus include:

  • A $4.79 million contract from the U.S. Army to Shubhra Gangopadhyay, a professor of electrical and computer engineering, to build small devices to enhance the performance of Army weapons systems.
  • A $416,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to the MU Cambio Center to study Missouri's growing Hispanic population and identify strategies for improving economic and social integration.
  • A $2.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to MU Extension faculty to help young, low-income couples develop stronger, stable relationships.
  • A $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to a team of researchers in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, the College of Arts and Science, and the College of Engineering, to conduct a three-year study aimed at developing a more diverse workforce through the advancement of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics careers.



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