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Spring Hill receives significant grant for Microscopy lab

Spring Hill College President E. Joseph Lee II, PhD announces that the College has been awarded a significant grant to be used toward the establishment of a new Microscopy lab. The grant, from a Foundation which requested to remain anonymous, will provide the lab with 12 top-of-the-line DM500 microscopes, complete with Leica ICC50W cameras and software, and includes a classroom audio/visual package, creating a new, dynamic lab environment at the College.

“Investing in scientific equipment allows students to be exposed to hands-on research techniques and scenarios, support advancement and completion of their education and better prepare them for lifelong careers in medicine, pharmacy, industry and education,” said Lee. Interim Provost Marc Manganaro, PhD, added, “This grant and the equipment it gives us represents a tangible step forward for Spring Hill in the education of our students in the sciences.”

Over the past 25 years, students at Spring Hill have used microscopes in Biology, Parasitology, Histology and Developmental Biology courses. The College is one of the few that offer Histology, the microscopic study of tissues, to undergraduates. Students typically take this level of course in their first year of medical school, so Spring Hill graduates have a competitive edge upon applying to medical school. However, with advanced microscopes in place, students will have an opportunity to become familiar with the latest technology they are likely to encounter in medical school, residency and in practice.

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