SNU Awarded Kirkpatrick Foundation Grant

Southern Nazarene University (SNU) recently received a gift from the Kirkpatrick Foundation awarding $5,000 for equipment in use in the newly constructed J.D. and Mary West Science Laboratory at SNU. Specifically, the grant was used to purchase an incubator for laboratory instruction and undergraduate and faculty research. The funds will assist with the project Incubating Scientists: Preparing Students to Engage with Science Research, increasing science students’ understanding of the research process and applications in science careers.

Pictured above:  Dr. Joanne Peterson and SNU biology students C. J. Hornback and Meagan Green prepare cultures for cell incubator.

“This award has provided a vital piece of equipment for teaching our students cell culturing techniques, a skill necessary for many biomedical researchers,” said Dr. Joanne Peterson, Assistant Professor, Biology Department at SNU. “It will also allow for more opportunities for undergraduate research at SNU for students, individually and in the classrooms.”

Because students regularly participate in summer undergraduate research programs such as the NASA Space Grant Summer Research Experience (REU), the McNair Scholars Program, at the OU Health Sciences Center, the Oklahoma Medical Research Center, and out-of-state venues, having access to the best possible resources, such as the cell incubator, enhances their ability to participate at the highest level and prepares them for cutting-edge research opportunities.

Excellence in the Sciences is a hallmark of SNU, and the 2014 graduates of the Division of Science and Mathematics exemplified this with a 100% acceptance rate of pre-medical, pre-physical therapy, and pre-veterinary students into their respective graduate programs.

The Kirkpatrick Foundation has been supporting Oklahoma non-profits since its inception in 1955. The Foundation makes grants in the areas of arts, culture, education, animal well-being, environmental conservation, and historic preservation. For more information visit

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