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HAMBURG, N.Y. – The Margaret L. Wendt Foundation has awarded Hilbert College a $100,000 grant to support the expansion of Hilbert’s science labs and a new academic program in forensic biology.
The grant from the Wendt Foundation will help convert typical classrooms into state-of-the-art science laboratories, with spacious benches for lab work, chemical hoods with efficient ventilation systems, cabinetry, glassware, computer software and the proper instrumentation needed to conduct scientific research projects. The total cost of the project will be $400,000.
“I am deeply grateful for the ongoing support from the Margaret L. Wendt Foundation. The creation of these modern, fully equipped lab spaces will prove to be transformational for Hilbert, affecting both our undergraduate and graduate course offerings and allowing for innovative research on campus,” stated Cynthia Zane, Hilbert College President.
Once complete, the new spaces will increase Hilbert’s capacity to expand its existing science-based programs and be equipped to add new programming as workforce demands emerge.
“The lab design allows students to work in teams or on their own, while increasing faculty-student interaction. Hilbert prides itself on the personal attention offered to students. The design of these spaces fits perfectly into that model, allowing interactive support when needed, or space for independent research projects,” stated Kristina Lantzky-Eaton, Hilbert College Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.
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Hilbert College, located in suburban Hamburg, N.Y., south of Buffalo, is a private four-year college founded in 1957 in the Catholic Franciscan tradition. With nearly 900 students, Hilbert is a dynamic Western New York college that offers career-focused majors, including one of the top criminal justice programs in the region, and more than 50 minors and concentrations. The college’s engaging, student-centered campus community offers numerous leadership, internship, and service learning opportunities from which students launch successful careers while making positive changes in their communities. The Hilbert Blueprint promotes a well-rounded student experience over four years – starting with the Foundations Seminar in the freshman year, followed by Sophomore Service, Junior Symposium, and culminating with the Senior Capstone. Hilbert has expanded its academic offerings with the college’s first graduate programs and evening degree programs geared to adult learners.
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