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UNI receives Roy J. Carver Trust grant

September 14, 2012

David Saunders, head, Department of Biology, 319-273-2456,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- For the past three years, the University of Northern Iowa Department of Biology has been awarded a Carver Trust grant to enhance students' understanding and knowledge of biology. This year, new equipment purchases cater to students pursuing interests in pre-health professions, and will be used in many of UNI's biology courses. Using the cutting-edge equipment, students will gain real-life experience and knowledge in areas of the biomedical sciences.

In the past, funding has been used to develop innovative areas of teaching and research in the Department of Biology. "The grant is incredibly important as it provides our students with cutting edge equipment for their use in the teaching laboratory," noted David Saunders, department head of biology at UNI. "With this equipment, our students are able to keep abreast with technology that allows them to be competitive when applying for professional schools, graduate programs or seeking jobs in the discipline of biology."

The Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust was created through the will of Roy J. Carver, a Muscatine industrialist and philanthropist who died in 1981. It is the largest private foundation in Iowa and supports biomedical and scientific research, programs and scholarships addressing the educational and recreational needs of youth.

For additional information, contact Saunders at 319-273-2456 or