The Department of Chemical Sciences of the University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR) has been selected to benefit from the Seedling Labs’ 2020 Instrumental Access Program.
The University was selected together with the University of Mines & Technology and Ashesi University in Ghana, among 18 awardees from a pool of 58 applications received from 20 countries
The Instrumental Access Program makes high-quality laboratory equipment and supplies to outstanding university departments and research institutes in developing countries. It is the flagship program of Seeding Labs, a US-based nonprofit organization working to help build sustainable scientific infrastructure that increases research capacity and empowers every scientist to change the world. During the rigorous selection process, each applicant outlined the ways that an infusion of scientific equipment would remove barriers to STEM education and research at their institution—adding crucial scientific capacity.
“The 2020 Instrumental Access awardees were selected for their potential to solve problems and change lives through science,” says Christina Viola Srivastava, Director of Programs at Seeding Labs. “We welcome them all to our Instrumental Access network and look forward to working with each awardee to strengthen their scientific infrastructure.” she further stated.
Melissa P. Wu, PhD, Chief Executive Officer of Seeding Labs in a statement said the equipment provides the necessary foundation for other critical resources that allow scientists to generate new knowledge, leverage sustainable funding, and better prepare university students for the scientific workforce. “It’s critical that all scientists around the world have the tools they need to solve problems that impact us all,” she added.
Dr Ismaila Emahi, a Lecturer at the Department of Chemical Sciences expressed his appreciation saying the donated equipment will give the Department the impetus to conduct more high-impact research, and strengthen their organic and biochemistry teaching labs in the University.
The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Harrison K. Dapaah, on behalf of the University extended his profound gratitude to Seeding Labs and assured that the equipment received would greatly enhance the scientific infrastructure and support the University to advance its research and teaching.