Morristown, N.J. (February 5, 2016) – The College of Saint Elizabeth received a generous grant from New York-based pharmaceutical company Pfizer Inc. The Pfizer Undergraduate Research Endeavor, or PURE, offered the grant after the College detailed four undergraduate research projects in need of new equipment. The grant was administered through the Independent College Fund of New Jersey.
CSE recently completed a $5.2 million renovation and refurbishment to all the science and science-related classrooms, including labs used by the nursing and foods and nutrition programs. The renovations were funded by several sources, including a federal grant, a state grant, and gifts by the College's alumni.
PURE's goal is to support and encourage undergraduate students, especially underserved students, to participate in research opportunities. The student projects that were outlined which require the advanced technology and equipment are enzyme kinetics, properties of aspirin derivatives, synthesis and analysis of biodiesel, and Great Swamp Watershed monitoring.
The grant allows CSE to purchase such equipment as high performance liquid chromatography column to analyze aspirin prodrug purity, gas chromatography column to analyze fatty acid methyl ester components of biodiesel, a rotational viscometer, a spectrophotometer and other highly specialized equipment as well as software for data collection and analysis.
"Our recent grant from the Pfizer PURE Initiative will allow us to pursue several research opportunities with our students," says Dr. Kimberly Grant, professor of chemistry. "These projects encompass a number of pertinent questions in the fields of organic, bioorganic, biochemistry and environmental science."
Grace Bailey '17, a chemistry major from Vernon, N.J., says, "The viscometer has made my research so much easier and faster. Before, I would have to spend many more hours on my research, and this equipment has cut my time by more than half."
Bailey is conducting the research on synthesis and analysis of biodiesel fuels and will be presenting her research to the Independent College Fund of New Jersey (ICFNJ) in March, 2016.