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June 3, 2005

Augustana Physics Department Receives Research Corporation Grant

Tucson, AZ -- Research Corporation, America's first foundation for the advancement of science, announces the awarding of seventy-seven grants to scientists at colleges and universities across the United States and Canada, including Eric Wells of the Augustana College Physics Department.

Through the Cottrell College Science Awards program, faculty at primarily undergraduate institutions are challenged to explore new areas of science, to make new discoveries that contribute to their discipline and to initate new research programs that can be sustained by other extramural funding sources, as well as with institutional support. A key element in these research programs is that they invovle undergraduate students in meaningful ways. It is also expected that these endeavors will spill over into teaching, thereby raising the quality of undergraduate education. Dr. Wells was awarded $42,289 from this program for a proposal entitled "Exploiting the ground state dissociation of hydrogen molecules as a tool for studying ion-molecule collision processes". The grant includes support for undergraduate participation in this research.

Research Corporation is a private foundation, established in 1912, that aids basic research in the physical sciences (astronomy, chemistry and physics) at U.S. and Canadian colleges and universities. As one of the country's first foundations, Research Corporation was incorporated before the term "foundation" came into popular use. Research Corporation's founder, Frederick Gardner Cottrell, was a distinguished scientist, inventor and philanthropist.

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