Monday, August 17, 2009

Biology Professor gets Large National Science Foundation Grant

Dr. Joe Flaherty, a biology professor at Coker College, has been developing undergraduate research programs since coming to Coker. He has just received official notification that he has received a $500,000 career research grant from the National Science Foundation. What follows is the note that Coker Provost -- Dr. Pat Lincoln, just sent to faculty and staff:

Dear Friends—

It is my overwhelming pleasure to let you know that Dr. Joe Flaherty has just received official notification from the National Science Foundation that he has been awarded a CAREER grant in the amount of $502, 416.

A CAREER Grant is the National Science Foundation's most prestigious award given to junior faculty. Awardees must exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education, and the integration of education and research. Because the research to be supported by such grants must be of such high quality, it is very unusual for CAREER grants to be awarded to faculty at institutions other than large research universities.

Dr. Flaherty’s remarkable success can be celebrated by us all. It provides a model for the impact that student-faculty collaborative scholarship can have on the careers of students and on the professional development of the faculty.

Way to go, Joe!!

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