The major objective of the project is to increase the quality of independent research projects for Reed College students in these fields. Reed hopes to accomplish this by implementing an undergraduate research mentor program, using experienced students to help develop the research skills of students who are newer to the sciences. These advanced students will serve as peer mentors to groups of students doing independent projects in introductory, intermediate-level, or upper-division courses.

Juniors and seniors selected for the program will spend the summer preceding their mentoring doing independent research with a faculty member in their field. The research team may also develop investigative labs for courses or pilot possible independent projects. During the school year, the mentors will then work with one or two lab sections a week, where they will help the less experienced students design and implement research projects.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded the college a three-year, $300,000 grant to improve and integrate information resources in the registrar's office and library. The project will establish an information gateway through the web, make student information such as degree progress and registration available through online resources, and establish a framework for extending the web interface to much of the information resources available to students, faculty, staff, and other members of the Reed community.

"This grant support will allow us to make a tremendous leap forward in our effective application of new information technologies," said Victoria Hanawalt, Reed librarian. "Integrating access to resources that support teaching, research, and academic advising and making them available at any networked workstation at any time will help ensure that Reed students and faculty can successfully use this wealth of information."

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, of New York, New York, works to "aid and promote such religious, charitable, scientific, literary, and educational purposes as may be in the furtherance of the public welfare or tend to promote the well-doing or well-being of mankind." The Mellon Foundation has recently supported Reed College with grants to strengthen the college's offerings in East Asian studies and to further the use of computing in the humanities.

Reed was awarded $330,000 from the Kresge Foundation to purchase and maintain equipment for the biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics, and psychology departments. One-half of this grant will be used to purchase scientific equipment. The balance will serve as a challenge for the college to raise and to establish an $835,000 endowment fund to upgrade and maintain that equipment.

"With so many highly capable students in the sciences, we must provide the equipment and facilities that support research conducted by students and faculty," said Koblik.

The Kresge Foundation is an independent, private foundation created by the personal gifts of Sebastian S. Kresge. Gifts are made toward projects involving construction or renovation of facilities and the purchase of major capital equipment or real estate. The Kresge Foundation also awarded Reed a challenge grant of $350,000 in 1988 in support of expansion and renovation of the Hauser Library.

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