Texas Wesleyan University has received a $32,000 grant that will support laboratory research by science students. The funds come from the Vivienne Redlich Charitable Trust managed by JP Morgan Chase. Bruce Benz, Ph.D., professor of biology, will serve as the grant’s project director. Science faculty who lead the research projects will select the grant recipients.
“Support from the Redlich Charitable Trusts has impacts far beyond the immediate research opportunity or scholarship support,” Benz said. “It rewards student diligence that, in turn, yields a valuable marketable skill set all recipients use to find the next opportunity in academics, research and industry.”
As part of their major, all Texas Wesleyan science students take part in as many as two semesters of independent research. The students then present their findings at local, national and international conferences. In the past, similar grants have supported between five and 10 students per year in their research, helping close the financial gap for students who show promise in their field of study.
Many former Texas Wesleyan science students have gone on to pursue their graduate degrees at institutions including UT-Southwestern Medical Center, the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and the UNT Health Science Center. Computer science graduates have gone on to work at IBM, Oracle and Pricewaterhouse Coopers.
At the School of Natural & Social Sciences, students get professional presentation opportunities as undergraduates, giving them the right skills for the jobs they want.
Philanthropic individuals or families who are looking to give back to their communities, foster a charitable legacy and make a difference in the world, often select a manager for their giving. The Vivienne Redlich Charitable Trust is one of the many charitable trusts administered by JP Morgan Chase. Each trust sets its own program and geographic giving focus. The Vivienne Redlich Charitable Trust has chosen medical and scientific research in Fort Worth and Arlington as one of their concentrations.