Augustana University Receives National Science Foundation Grant

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Augustana University has been awarded a three-year $187,063 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support experimental nuclear science research

Dr. Andrew KloseAugustana University has been awarded a three-year $187,063 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support Dr. Andrew Klose, assistant professor of physical chemistry, and student researchers to carry out experimental nuclear science research.

The research will be conducted at Augustana, as well as the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory (NSCL) and Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) at Michigan State University. Laser spectroscopy will be performed on radioactive isotopes that are produced at NSCL/FRIB to elucidate systematic changes in the shape and size of nuclides with extreme proton-to-neutron ratios. Such information provides vital input into nuclear theories that are used to understand the fundamental forces that bind nuclei together at the edges of stability.

Klose won the grant for his project titled, RUI: Laser Probing of Proton-Rich Rare Isotopes. Augustana has several other faculty who are currently supported by NSF grants including professors Eric Wells, Nathan Grau, and Drew Alton.

“The award from NSF provides a unique educational experience for students at the forefront of nuclear science,” stated Klose. “The cutting-edge research that will be funded continues a tradition at Augustana University that attracts and inspires students. The skills students will gain carrying out their research are important for the STEM workforce, which is, in turn, a key component of a prosperous and innovative economy.” 

Research activities will be conducted at Augustana during the academic year, and travel to Michigan State University will occur during the summer. Additionally, support will be provided to disseminate the research outcomes at regional and national conferences. Finally, the grant will provide funding to purchase new instrumentation that will be used both at Augustana and MSU.

“This historic award exemplifies the outstanding research of our faculty,” said Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the University Dr. Colin Irvine. “Research is one of the high-impact practices that we utilize at Augustana to provide an outstanding education for our students and this award raises the profile for our programs. Andrew is making immediate impacts in his field and he’s able to share those practices and his knowledge with his students. Augustana students are truly getting world-class experience in the classroom.”

About Augustana University

Founded in 1860, Augustana University in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, is a selective, comprehensive university affiliated with the Lutheran Church. With more than 100 majors, minors and pre-professional programs for undergraduates — along with graduate degree and continuing education programs — Augustana is committed to enriching lives and fostering development by combining a foundation in the liberal arts with professional skill and advanced study.

Nationally recognized for academic excellence, graduate outcomes and affordability by U.S. News & World Report, Forbes and the Princeton Review, Augustana serves more than 2,100 students from 29 states and 36 countries. Most are part of our residential community and call our 100-acre campus home. Our graduate and continuing education programs serve students online and during times that are convenient for adult learners.

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