Plough Foundation awards CBU $2.5 million for sciences project

(Memphis)— The Plough Foundation has awarded Christian Brothers University a $2.5 million grant to expand the University’s science facilities, the largest gift of its kind for CBU’s School of Sciences.

“This generous financial commitment will allow the University to further enhance the excellent reputation of our degree programs in the sciences,” said CBU president Brother Vincent Malham, FSC. “We are honored to be a partner with the Plough Foundation in providing quality and relevant science education for tomorrow’s leaders.”

The expanded sciences center will include additional state of the art biology and chemistry labs, meeting space, multi purpose research and study areas and needed faculty office space.

“The Plough Foundation’s continued commitment to education as evidenced by this partnership will reap rich dividends for both CBU and the community for years to come,” said CBU vice president for advancement Ruth Carr. “This is the type of investment that will live on through the positive impact our graduates have on society.”

The present Science Center at CBU was built in 1967 and has had several renovations over the years. The School of Sciences was established in 1990 when then Christian Brothers College (CBC) became Christian Brothers University.

CBU offers eight different undergraduate sciences degrees in four departments: biology, chemistry, mathematics and computer science and physics and natural science.

A new major in biomedical sciences is being added this fall. Minors in biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics and physics are also offered.

“With the explosion of science based careers and workforce shortages, we are thrilled to join with the Plough Foundation to help better prepare our students to meet these challenges and succeed in the future,” said Dr. Johnny Holmes, dean of the School of Sciences. “Our students are currently at the top of their programs, but with this added boost to our facilities, we expect nothing but continued growth and success.”

CBU science students complete internships at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center, the Memphis Zoo and several other local hospitals and corporations. More than 90% of CBU graduates who apply to medical schools and more than 87% of those who apply to pharmacy schools are accepted. ##

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