$150,000 Grant from the William G. and Marie Selby Foundation Benefits USFSM Science Program

SARASOTA (November 26, 2012) – Through the generous support of the William G. and Marie Selby Foundation, the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) moves closer to its scientific program expansion on the Mote Marine campus.

Fall 2013 heralds a new era for USF Sarasota-Manatee, when the university will welcome its first underclassmen, develop new academic programs and initiate campus expansion plans. The recent $150,000 grant from the William G. and Marie Selby Foundation will support the build-out of USFSM science classrooms and laboratories on the existing 4,000-square-foot space donated by Mote.

USFSM’s collaborative partnership with Mote will appoint research specialists to faculty positions, allowing students to engage in hands-on scientific research. The estimated $4 million science wing renovation will include not only classrooms, laboratories and support space but also equipment, scholarships and a research program endowment at Mote Marine.

Construction is slated to begin by January 2013 and finish in August 2013, when USFSM’s first underclassmen arrive on campus. Through the continued support of foundation, corporate and individual contributions, USFSM is poised to provide undergraduate students a unique model for scientific research and educate the next generation of STEM-field leaders.

For information on giving opportunities for USFSM, contact Dennis Stover, Regional Vice Chancellor of University Advancement, at 941-359-4582.