Siloam Springs, Ark (February 18, 2003) - The Arkansas Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network (BRIN) announced Friday that they have awarded JBU a $200,000 science grant, which will provide the university $100,000 per year for two years. The JBU division of natural science will use the funds to hire a biochemist faculty member to teach, conduct research and develop an undergraduate research program. The grant will also fund student summer research programs and provide equipment.
Five Arkansas universities applied for the BRIN grant this year, and JBU was one of three recipients. Other grant recipients are Hendrix College and Ouachita Baptist University. “I am eager to witness the BRIN grant’s positive impact on our undergraduate science programs,” said Dr. David Shoop, chair of the division of natural science at JBU. “As we utilize these funds, our focus will be strengthening our undergraduate research program and biochemistry major. We feel that undergraduate research is an important part of a student's undergraduate education and allows faculty to mentor students in a significant way. This one-on-one faculty-student interaction is part of the value of a JBU education, and we are thankful that the BRIN grant will allow us to encourage more of those mentoring relationships in our science division.”
The AR BRIN is a collaborative program built around the three leading research institutions in Arkansas: the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville (UAF), University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR), and University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) in Little Rock.
Lawrence Cornett, Ph.D., Director of BRIN is based at UAMS in Little Rock, explained, “The priority is to facilitate the development of extramurally funded research at colleges and universities that primarily serve undergraduate students. One method to accomplish this is to provide financial assistance for recruiting new faculty, support their establishment of a research program, and sustain an institutional commitment to a research program.”
The AR BRIN was established in the fall of 2001 with funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Center for Research Resources (NCRR).
The JBU division of natural science recently moved into the new $8.5 million, 38,000 square foot William H. Bell Science Hall on the JBU campus in Siloam Springs. Opening in January 2003, the new building houses classrooms, labs and faculty offices for the departments of biology, chemistry, general Science, mathematics, and physics. John Brown University is a private university with an enrollment of more than 1,700 students from 42 states and 45 countries. JBU is a member of Arkansas’ Independent Colleges and Universities and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.