The PPG Industries Foundation has donated $120,000 to the Pennsylvania State University for its Materials Research Institute (MRI) Student Assistantship Program and additional programming, according to a release from the company.
“PPG Industries values Penn State’s MRI programs because they help prepare students for careers in fields related to PPG’s business, such as coatings research and development,” says Sue Sloan, executive director of the PPG Industries Foundation. “We’re excited to continue our relationship with Penn State and provide funding that expands opportunities for students and grows our ties with this well-respected research institution.”
Each summer student who is named a PPG Undergraduate Research Fellow conducts a materials research project and summarizes it in a poster presentation held in conjunction with the National Science Foundation-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates program. The 2015 fellows also gave five-minute presentations on their research at the PPG Coatings Innovation Center in Allison Park, Pa., on July 29.
“We are very thankful for the support PPG provides to MRI and the PPG Undergraduate Research Fellows,” says David Fecko, MRI industry relations coordinator at Penn State. “The program offers our undergraduate students a terrific opportunity to pursue research in an area of their choosing, giving them important experience in the challenging and exciting world of materials research.”