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CSU program helps jump-start chemistry research disrupted by COVID-19

The CSUPERB grants of up to $1,500 each will help “restart, reinitiate, and relaunch,” research Sacramento State research, said William DeGraffenreid, vice provost for Faculty Success. (Sacramento State/Andrea Price)

The COVID-19 pandemic took a toll on Sac State’s research laboratories after classrooms emptied in March 2020 and students and faculty pivoted to virtual studies.

Now, four of those labs are getting help from the CSU to continue studies disrupted by those closures and boost critical research activities.  

Four Sac State chemistry researchers – Johannes Bauer, Justin Miller-Schulze, Stefan Paula, and Linda Roberts – are among those recently awarded “micro grants” from the California State University Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology (CSUPERB).

The grants of up to $1,500 are designed to “restart, reinitiate, and relaunch these research activities,” said Sac State Vice Provost for Faculty Success William DeGraffenreid.

“Traditionally CSUPERB has supported a broad range of activities for faculty and students across the system,” said DeGraffenreid. “This mini grant program recognizes some of the specific challenges that researchers faced during COVID, including the loss of research lines and materials due to expiration or inability to properly care for them during campus closures.”

CSUPERB supports research in which biology and technology intersect. In all, CSUPERB awarded 78 grants totaling $114,641 to faculty members at 20 CSU campuses.

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