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BSC Researcher Receives $10K “Research Seed Grant” from NASA WV-Space Grant Consortium

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    Thursday, May 29 2014
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dr belay(Bluefield)—Dr. Tesfaye Belay, Associate Professor of Biology at Bluefield State College, has been selected to receive a $10,000 "Research Seed Grant" from the NASA West Virginia Space Grant Consortium. The grant will fund laboratory supplies for BSC's continuing NASA-related research projects. Additionally, the grant will cover expenses for BSC minority and underrepresented students to participate in the upcoming annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) to be held in San Antonio, TX, Nov 2014.

Through funding support from the WV-NASA Space Grant Consortium and the West Virginia Idea Network for Biomedical Research Excellence, 14 minority or underrepresented students—ten BSC undergraduates and four Bluefield High School students--have been trained in NASA related medical research in Dr. Belay's laboratory.

"This grant will strengthen Bluefield State College's ability to enhance the depth and breadth of NASA research work initiated at BSC," Dr. Belay noted. "Through our research laboratory, we promote basic biomedical research, acquire extramural grant support, and disseminate information on our research findings to the scientific community."