Menendez, Lautenberg Announce $700,000 To Support Rutgers Students Continuing Advanced Education

Menendez, Lautenberg Announce $700,000 To Support Rutgers Students Continuing Advanced Education

The Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need Program provides fellowships to assist students in financial need who wish to attain advanced degree

Federal funding to help 19 graduate students achieve their academic goals

Washington - U. S. Senators Robert Menendez and Frank Lautenberg announced today announced $696,832 in federal funding for the Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need or GAANN Program at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. This will help 19 graduate students in financial need over three years continue their education in pursuit of advanced degrees. The grants are being awarded in the areas of Physics and Astronomy, Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Computational Biology and Molecular Biophysics, and Pharmaceutical Engineering.

"This is the kind of assistance that supports outstanding students who have limitless potential but might not be able to afford continuing their education," said Senator Menendez. "These federal funds not only benefit worthy students, but they benefit our state's economy. New Jersey has always been at the forefront of innovation, and the more well-educated professionals we produce, the more innovation and job creation we produce."

"The GAANN program provides some of the best and the brightest students in New Jersey with the opportunity to continue their education and pursue their dreams of graduate school," Sen. Lautenberg said. "The skills, training and education provided by these funds will benefit our most hard-pressed students and strengthen New Jersey's workforce and communities for years to come."

GAANN Grants will be awarded to the following departments:

•Department of Physics and Astronomy - $174,208 for the period 08/15/2009 through 08/14/ 2010. This federal funding will provide for graduate fellowships to four graduate students over three years. These fellowships will be matched by one fellowship from the Graduate School New Brunswick.

•Rutgers Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology - $174,208. This proposed project will provide federal fellowship support for five students enrolled in the Doctoral Program in Chemistry and Chemical Biology. Rutgers will provide a 25% matching contribution allowing for an additional fellowship.

•BioMaps Institute for Quantitative Biology and Graduate Program in Computational Biology and Molecular Biophysics - Computational Biology and Molecular Biophysics - $174,208 for the period 08/15/2009 through 08/14/2010. This grant will provide six graduate students the opportunity to pursue doctoral work in Computational Biology and Molecular Physics. The field of quantitative biology in an area of urgent national need arising out of the extensive and detailed biological information obtained through the use of the use of molecular and structural biology, especially the successes of genome sequencing and the field of proteomics, or the large-scale study of proteins. Particular effort will be devoted to recruiting and mentoring women and underrepresented minorities.

•Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering in the School of Engineering - Pharmaceutical Engineering - $174.208 for the period 08/15/2009 through 08/14/2010. This federal funding provides fellowships to four graduate students at the doctoral level that are enrolled full time to pursue a PH.D. In chemical engineering. New Jersey has the largest number of multinational pharmaceutical manufacturers in the nation. The proposed program will enhance the capacity for research in New Jersey and the nation by providing the U.S. pharmaceutical industries with skilled researchers needed for pharmaceutical product and process development and design.

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