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Inaugural NAC&U Science Summit Held at Belmont

Forty faculty and staff in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and related fields convened on Belmont’s campus this week for the first ever Science Summit put together by the New American Colleges and Universities (NAC&U) consortium of which Belmont is a member.

The purpose of the Science Summit was to bring together a group of NAC&U science or science-related faculty to discuss possible cross- institutional research collaboration and proposal development. The experience afforded participants the opportunity to discuss potential grant collaborations while networking with other science faculty at like-minded institutions.

Science and science-related faculty discussed their current research and explored multi-disciplinary, multi-campus teams that could potentially apply for NSF or other foundation-supported grants. Jim Gentile, past president of the Research Corporation for Science Advancement and former dean for the Natural and Applied Sciences at Hope College, served as facilitator for the summit, which also included tours of the science labs in Belmont’s Wedgewood Academic Center.

Participating campuses included Belmont, John Carroll University, Manhattan College, Nazareth College, Ohio Northern University, Roger Williams University, Samford University, St. Edward’s University, University of Evansville, University of New Haven, Valparaiso University, Wagner College and Widener University.

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