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Pittsburgh, PA -- La Roche College’s highly acclaimed science programs will soon see additional funding thanks to an anticipated $100,000 grant from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

“The chemistry program support is a hard earmark in the NASA budget,” said Sister Candace Introcaso, La Roche president. “We will be discussing with the chemistry department faculty how to best utilize this funding to support academic programs, including CSI: La Roche and ChemSolve.”

CSI: La Roche is a joint initiative launched by the College two years ago to provide hands-on training for students seeking careers in forensic sciences. Professors in biology, criminal justice and chemistry have created integrated programs that combine evidence-gathering techniques with hands-on analytical laboratory analysis. Students gather the evidence in a CSI lab on the College’s West Campus, where they can investigate mock crime scenes and dust for fingerprints. They then analyze the evidence in the biology and chemistry laboratories, and the results allow students to draw certain conclusions about the mock crimes they are investigating.

ChemSolve is an analytical laboratory operated by La Roche chemistry students. Through ChemSolve, La Roche students work with high school science teachers so that high school students can perform experiments with specially designed kits. La Roche chemistry students then analyze and categorize the results of those experiments.

The College expects to receive specific instructions on how to access the funds later in the spring. <

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