Hartwick Receives Grant from the Dean M. Graham Foundation

May 2, 2013

Hartwick College has received a grant from the Dean M. Graham Foundation in the amount of $3,600. With the funding, Kayla Murphy '14, a student in Hartwick's biotechnology program, will assist Professor of Biology Dr. Stanley Sessions this summer with research on organ regeneration in salamanders. 

"This grant, giving me the opportunity to work as an intern over the summer here at Hartwick, is a step closer toward my career goals," shared Murphy. "It means that I have taken a step forward toward becoming a medical researcher and when I look back in the future on how I got to where I am, this will be one of the key steps I will remember taking that helped me to further turn my career goal into a reality. In order to become a medical researcher, an extensive amount of research is required and this opportunity that has been given to me could have come at no better time."

Molecular biology, biochemistry, and bioengineering represent the future of the life sciences, and those emerging fields need well-educated scientists. Because of this, Hartwick has developed a well-recognized program in biotechnology (funded in part by the National Science Foundation), which prepares students for careers in molecular biology, biochemistry, bioengineering, environmental engineering, and "green" technologies.

Hartwick's liberal arts in practice philosophy, which combines a rigorous curriculum with hands-on learning, is an excellent approach to teaching, particularly in the sciences. Hartwick science majors have incredible opportunities to work side-by-side with faculty who are productive scholars and active researchers. Hartwick's biology department, in particular, has a fine tradition of undergraduate research, with students and faculty being published in peer-reviewed journals, such as Science.

For additional information, contact Margaret Arthurs, director of corporate, foundation, and government relations at 607-431-4061 or at

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Hartwick College is a private liberal arts and sciences college of 1,500 students, located in Oneonta, NY, in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Hartwick's expansive curriculum emphasizes an experiential approach to the liberal arts. Through personalized teaching, collaborative research, a distinctive January Term, a wide range of internships, and vast study-abroad opportunities, Hartwick ensures that students are prepared for not just their first jobs, but for the world ahead. A Three-Year Bachelor's Degree Program and strong financial aid and scholarship offerings keep a Hartwick education affordable.

Contact: Valerie Capullo
Phone: 607-431-4031