PPG donates $120,000 Penn State undergraduate research

PPG donates $120,000 to Penn State for undergraduate research

6:09 PM, 19th August 2015
PPG donates $120,000 to Penn State for undergraduate research
The inaugural competition supported by the PPG grant offered an opportunity for 45 Penn State students to highlight research projects through posters and two-minute pitches, such as the one Mike Makowski (left), from PPG Industries’, is discussing with students Birgitt Stogin (center) and Jing Wang.

PITTSBURGH, US: The PPG Industries Foundation has donated $120,000 to the Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) for its Materials Research Institute (MRI) student assistantship program and additional programming. This marks the third year the PPG foundation has supported Penn State undergraduate students participating in the 10-week summer program, this year funding eight fellowships, as well as one graduate student for a full year’s research along with additional student opportunities.

“PPG Industries values Penn State’s MRI programs because they help prepare students for careers in fields related to PPG’s business, such as coatings research and development,” said Sue Sloan, executive director, PPG Industries Foundation.

Each summer student who is named a PPG undergraduate research fellow conducts a materials research project under an advisor’s supervision, and then summarizes it in a poster presentation held in conjunction with the National Science Foundation-funded research experience for undergraduates (REU) program. Jacob Wisser, a 2014 PPG Undergraduate Research Fellow, went on to win a Barry Goldwater Fellowship – considered the most prestigious US award for undergraduate research – for his summer research project.

The 2015 fellows also gave five-minute presentations on their research at the PPG coatings innovation center in Allison Park, Pennsylvania.

“The program offers our undergraduate students a terrific opportunity to pursue research in an area of their choosing, giving them important experience in the challenging and exciting world of materials research,” said David Fecko, MRI industry relations coordinator at Penn State.

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