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Reed College biology department receives $200,000 grant from the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation

Grant will fund the continuation of a successful educational outreach program to local public schools.

PORTLAND, OR (December 7, 2005) – Reed College's biology program has received a two-year grant of $200,000 from the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation of Portland, Oregon. The grant, which will cover the 2006-07 and 2007-08 academic years, will help fund the department's student research and outreach programs to local elementary schools.

The Miller Foundation grant will fund thesis research supplies and independent research supplies for 30 Reed students, and summer research support for 12 students (including student stipends and supplies) each year. Students will apply for funds for research through a competitive proposal process.

The program allows students to hone their interests not only in the research, but also in education. Reed students, in consultation with Reed biology faculty, develop the curriculum for the outreach program to local public elementary schools. The students' research and the outreach efforts are closely connected, as students' research and teaching often correlate directly with their senior thesis projects.

The outreach program gives Reed students both the opportunity to test their understanding of key concepts in biology and to develop their interest in teaching. Reed established the program in 1996. Since that time, 6,025 students in grades 3 through 6 have participated, learning about biology topics from Reed students with curriculum materials developed with Reed's biology faculty members.

"The Miller Foundation's support for the outreach program will have a significant impact,"notes Diane Gumz, director of corporate and foundation support for Reed. "It will allow students to build their research experience through summer projects with Reed biology faculty members and it will also ensure that elementary students experience an important science education program in their schools."

The Miller Foundation, an independent private foundation, was established in 2002 to enhance the quality of life of Oregonians through support of the arts and education.