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October 29, 2013

St. Edward's University School of Natural Sciences Benefits from Prestigious National Institutes of Health Grant


AUSTIN, Texas (Oct. 29, 2013) — St. Edward’s University, Southwestern University and the University of Texas will benefit from a $2.8 million, five-year Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award (IRACDA) grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This prestigious grant is one of only two awarded nationally this year.

St. Edward’s University School of Natural Sciences will participate in a project called Collaborative Opportunities for Research Educations (CORE) program. This program trains post-doctoral students in chemistry and related biomedical disciplines, and in particular women and students from under-represented ethnic groups.

“This project addresses the need for Texas to produce more graduates with Science, Technology, Engineering and Math degrees, especially women and those from under-represented groups,” said Trish Baynham, Interim Dean of the School of Natural Sciences. “The program creates a strong partnership between St. Edward’s and the University of Texas as our students benefit while our scientists mentor these postdoctoral scientists.”
St. Edward’s students will benefit from the opportunity to interact with the University of Texas chemistry and biomedical postdoctoral students via research and classroom instruction. The number of St. Edward’s University students who may benefit during the years 2014-2018 is anticipated to be up to 200 students.

Grant activities at St. Edward's will be coordinated by Professor of Chemistry Eamonn Healy.

About St. Edward’s University

St. Edward’s University is a private, liberal arts college in the Catholic Holy Cross Tradition with more than 5,000 students. Located in Austin, Texas, it is one of the top universities in Texas and offers undergraduate and graduate programs, including MBA programs and a master’s degree in counseling. With a network of partner universities around the world, St. Edward’s is a diverse community with programs designed to inspire students with a global perspective. St. Edward's University has been recognized for 11 consecutive years as one of "America's Best Colleges" by U.S. News & World Report and ranks in the top 15 Best Regional Universities in the Western Region. For more information on St. Edward’s University, visit

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