Showalter Trust funds Weldon School faculty members

Two early career faculty members at the Purdue University Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering were among the 11 faculty members at Purdue who received up to $75,000 each in Showalter Trust Funding to support their research.
Shelley Claridge (left) and Joseph Rispoli (right) each received a grant from the Showalter Trust.

The Ralph W. & Grace M. Showalter Research Trust Fund annually provides funding to Purdue in support of scientific and medical research. The Showalter programs at Purdue support selected University Faculty Scholars, research projects directed by assistant professors, and two Showalter Distinguished Professors, Charles Bouman and Kinam Park, both Weldon School faculty members. 

Shelley Claridge, Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biomedical Engineering, received a grant from the Showalter Trust for her project, “Transforming the Cell Membrane to Guide Cell Growth.”

Joseph Rispoli, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering, received a grant from the Showalter Trust for his project: “High B-value Diffusion Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Spectroscopy to Probe Tumor Morphometry in Different Breast Cancer Subtypes.”

The Ralph W. and Grace M. Showalter Research Trust has benefited Purdue researchers for more than 40 years. The centerpiece of the Showalter programs is support for one-year grants to faculty for research in the areas of environmental science; biochemistry and molecular biology; disease prevention, diagnosis, progression, treatment and control; new technologies for food production, preservation, distribution and safety; and medical and biophysical instrumentation.

More information about the current competition for the Showalter Trust early career grants program is available online.

Source: Showalter Trust selects new scholar, funds 11 early career faculty