What makes the funding special, Cooper said, is that it will allow Hartwick students to be directly involved in the research. With the help of science students, Cooper said, he plans to generate “new exploratory model systems for studying the disease.”
“With the grant, we will be able to buy more supplies,” Cooper said, “but what’s really great about is it that we’ll be able to hire (a handful) of students to conduct research for the next two summers. It will be a good experience for them.”
The RCSA is a private organization that provides funding to early career faculty members who have been in their current positions for less than three years, primarily at undergraduate institutions. Cooper, who teaches Molecular Biology of the Cell, Immunology and Concepts in Biology, has been at Hartwick for two and a half years, he said. The grants from RCSA, which support collaborative work between faculty and students, help launch programs that can involve undergraduates in research, Cooper explained.
Working and researching with students in the lab is “the best,” Cooper said.
“I love it. The students are so eager to conduct research,” Cooper said. “It’s the best job I could ask for.”