Fitchburg State University Receives Grant for Student Research

New England Council member Fitchburg State University recently received a $240,000 grant from the Lloyd G. Balfour Foundation to fund student-faculty research projects.

The third-largest private grant the university has ever received will help fund projects focused on personal fitness and the health of the Nashua River. The Lloyd G. Balfour Foundation was established in 1973 to support higher education organizations. The grant will be used to fund two interdisciplinary research projects during the summer for 15-20 students each year. The first project will look at the intersection of physical health, healthcare economics, and business. The second will examine the water quality and health of the Nashua River and its impacts on surrounding communities.

“This generous grant from the Balfour Foundation will increase student interest in pursuing research careers and strengthen our campus research culture through hands-on field and laboratory work, personal and professional development, and collaboration between students, their peers, and faculty,” Fitchburg State University President Richard S. Lapidus said. “We are grateful for the demonstration of support for this important scholarly experience.”

The New England Council congratulates Fitchburg State for receiving the grant and for expanding student research opportunities. Read more in the press release and in the Worcester Business Journal.

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