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ISU professors receive grants from Murdock Trust

Posted March 30, 2007

The M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust Partners in Science Program recently awarded $15,000 each to Idaho State University chemistry professors Lyle W. Castle, PhD, and Jeffrey J. Rosentreter, PhD, and biological sciences professor Sophie St-Hilaire, PhD.

Four awards were made to professors in Idaho. The program's goal is to provide high school teachers with opportunities to work at the cutting edge of science, and thus to revitalize their teaching and help them to appreciate the use of inquiry-based methods for teaching science. The program enables teachers and academic scientists to collaborate in the advancement of science, with the goal that both will grow professionally in the process. Castle will work with Lynette Smith of Skyline High School in Idaho Falls; Rosentreter will work with Amy Brinkerhoff of Highland High School in Pocatello; and St-Hilaire will work with Markette Kelemete, also of Highland High.

The M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust seeks to enrich the quality of life in the Pacific Northwest by providing grants and enrichment programs to non-profit organizations that seek to strengthen the region's educational, spiritual, and cultural base in creative and sustainable ways.

For more information on Murdock Charitable Trust visit www.murdock-trust.org.