July 15, 2010

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE GRANT TO EXPAND FROSTBURG STATE UNIVERSITY NANOTECHNOLOGY LAB

Funds will be used to buy equipment, hire instructors and enhance outreach

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded a $49,000 grant to enhance Frostburg State University 's Nanotechnology Laboratory. The grant will help the laboratory invest in efforts that will provide more students with in-depth knowledge and skills in nanotechnology.

"I am pleased that ARC continues its strong support for Frostburg State University 's nanotechnology lab," said Senator Cardin. "This grant is an investment in the future, helping expand the University's current lab, upgrade its equipment, and increase the lab's ability to conduct outreach programs.  Frostburg's Nanotechnology Lab will provide opportunities that will benefit University students, educators and researchers across Maryland ."

 "Grants like these help us invest in workers and businesses that are ready for the future," Senator Mikulski said. "I'm pleased these funds will give more students the skills and training they need to launch their careers and be prepared for the jobs of the future. This will help build Maryland 's workforce and power its economy."

Frostburg State University uses the Nanotechnology Laboratory for college science programs in engineering, physics, chemistry and biology, extracurricular activities for K-12 students, continuing education, and providing nanotechnology expertise to companies in the Alleghany Business Center .

ARC funds will allow the lab to invest in new equipment, hire trained instructors and develop outreach programs. After expansion, the lab expects to educate approximately 450 students in nanotechnology annually while hosting 700 visitors and students.

In addition to ARC funds, Frostburg University sources will provide $49,000, bringing the total project funding to $98,000. The ARC is a federal-state partnership that works with the people of Appalachia to create opportunities for self-sustaining economic development and improved quality of life.