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Albert Dorman Honors College at NJIT Awarded Guidant Foundation Grant

The Albert Dorman Honors College has received a $10,000 grant from the Guidant Foundation that will fund student-research internships in the applied life sciences at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT).

The Guidant grant will allow five undergraduate Dorman students to work, along with NJIT professors, on summer-research projects in the fields of biomedical engineering, biochemistry, and mathematical biology. NJIT has strong undergraduate programs in each of these burgeoning new fields.

“The Guidant Foundation is committed to supporting institutions such as NJIT that touch lives in significant ways,” said James R. Baumgardt, president of the Guidant Foundation. Through its national contribution program, the Guidant Foundation, based in Indianapolis, supports charitable and educational programs that can help patients either at risk of, or suffer from, cardiovascular disease.

The Guidant grant will help to develop talented professionals in the applied-life sciences and health-care fields,” said Joel Bloom, vice president of academic and student services and dean of Dorman. “It is important to provide meaningful undergraduate research experiences at the interface of chemistry, biology, computing, engineering,

mathematics and medicine,” Bloom said.  “NJIT’s programs emphasize high-quality undergraduate research to prepare talented students for leadership in these fields and to meet the needs of the burgeoning biomedical industries in New Jersey and the region.”

Dorman’s mission is to transform students into leaders, Bloom added. The college has more than 500 undergraduate students, many of whom are the first in their families to attend college and thus rely on merit and need-based scholarships. Dorman is one of the most demanding and rigorous colleges in the state. Dorman builds on NJIT’s rigorous curriculum, offering enriched coursework and seminars, as well as real-world projects with respected faculty researchers and industry leaders. Dorman enrolls some of the state’s brightest students, with SAT scores in the top 10 percent nationally and with math proficiency in the top two percent.

The Guidant scholars will eventually present their research at professional conferences such as the American Chemical Society and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Medicine and Biology Society, as well as at an honors colloquium sponsored by Dorman. The Guidant grant is especially welcome, said Bloom, since Dorman is in the midst of a fundraising campaign, lead by renowned Princeton architect Robert Hillier, which hopes to raise $20 million for an endowed scholarship fund (www.njit.edu/honorscampaign).

One of the nation's leading public technological universities, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is a top-tier research university that prepares students to become leaders in the technology-dependent economy of the 21st century. NJIT's multidisciplinary curriculum and computing-intensive approach to education provide technological proficiency, business acumen and leadership skills. With an enrollment of more than 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, NJIT offers small-campus intimacy with the resources of a major public research university. NJIT is a global leader in such fields as solar research, nanotechnology, resilient design, tissue engineering, and cyber-security, in addition to others. NJIT ranks 5th among U.S. polytechnic universities in research expenditures, topping $110 million, and is among the top 1 percent of public colleges and universities in return on educational investment, according to PayScale.com.