BU receives $1.2M research grant

By Matt Porter

May 30, 2014 Updated May 30, 2014 at 11:32 AM EST

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Binghamton University announced it received $1.2 million as part of a five-year grant to bring more undergraduates into research programs.

The money will be used to bring freshman into three different labs during the next school year.

90 students will work in labs involving fields related to healthcare and clean energy.

This is the first time freshmen will be able to participate in research labs typically reserved for juniors and seniors.

Research professors will be able to work with the students for all four years instead of just one or two.

"They train them for a year, they have them for a year and they leave. This way they get students they train in their freshmen year, and they have them for three years doing research, students benefit from it and the faculty love it," said Nancy Stamp, Professor of Biological Sciences.

The money came from a national grant awarded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.