Welch Foundation renews research grant

November 17, 2010

PLAINVIEW – The Wayland Baptist University School of Mathematics and Sciences received word that the Welch Foundation is renewing their research grant that supports the school’s summer research programs.

The renewal of the $25,000 grant will extend the program for another year as the current grant expires in May 2011.

Students have benefitted from the grant since the foundation’s initial gift in 2005. Each summer, WBU science professors work with research groups in ongoing research areas, including water purification and the effects of plant extracts on cancer cells. The research has already resulted in Wayland’s first patent for a water purification system. Another group has identified a specific plant extract that has, in lab results, shown a strong tendency to eliminate breast cancer cells.

Each summer, students who qualify for the research programs are appointed to 8-week projects. The grant funds the projects and also helps purchase supplies and pays travel expenses to attend science meetings.