|Dow Chemical Awards $250 Million to Support Chemical Engineering Programs
Although the number of doctoral degrees awarded in chemical engineering rose 40 percent over the past decade, that figure lags the 50 percent increase in engineering doctorates overall and falls well short of the growth in doctorates awarded in hot fields like biomedical engineering. To help remedy the situation, Dow Chemical Company has pledged $250 million over ten years to expand chemical engineering programs at eleven American universities. The funds will be used to fund faculty positions and support doctoral research projects, potentially boosting the number of chemical engineering PhDs awarded each year by several dozen. Read the story»
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