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Dr. Tesfaye Belay Receives $99K Grant to Sustain and Expand Biomedical Research at BSC

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    Tuesday, May 04 2010
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    Jim Nelson/Media Relations - (304) 327-4103 jnelson@bluefieldstate.edu

(Bluefield)—Dr. Tesfaye Belay (Associate Professor of Biology, Bluefield State College) has received a $99,000 grant subaward from the West Virginia-Idea Network for biomedical Excellence (WV-INBRE) to sustain and expand biomedical research at BSC.  The grant award will assist with research conducted from May, 2010-April, 2011. 

Bluefield State College is among the selected institutions of higher education in the State of West Virginia who have partnership with WV-INBRE to enhance their capacity for educating and training their faculty and students in biomedical research.  During the past three years, Dr. Belay has received more than $160,000 in grant funding from WV-INBRE alone to promote basic biomedical research and strengthen the infrastructure for biomedical research within the BSC School of Arts and Sciences. 

“I am grateful for the ongoing support received through WV-INBRE,” Dr. Belay stated. “It has been instrumental in the growth of biomedical research capabilities at Bluefield State College.”Dr. Tesfaye Belay stressed that involvement of undergraduates in research prepares, motivates, encourages and supports BSC students to become involved in biomedical research. A significant number of BSC undergraduate students have effectively participated in conducting research and presenting their findings at local and national scientific conferences.