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03-24-1998

Clarkson Receives $450,000 Grant From G.E. Fund

For Student Engineering Projects

Potsdam, N.Y. – Clarkson University was recently awarded a three-year grant totaling $450,000 by the GE Fund to provide students with opportunities to learn within the context of a real world, hands-on professional environment. This grant is earmarked for Clarkson's SPEED (Student Projects for Engineering Experience and Design) Program through GE's Learning Excellence initiative.

Students entering Clarkson will have the opportunity to participate in multidisciplinary project-based teams. Each team, comprised of students from multiple disciplines and varying skills, will constitute a project-based learning community. By expanding outside contacts and alliances through project teams, Clarkson's campus will grow into a network of corporate, government, and educational partners, and create what is frequently called a super-learning community.

Modeled on the University's success to date with project-based learning, Clarkson believes this curricular model will significantly enhance undergraduate learning and better align the skills and knowledge of graduates with the needs of industry and society in general.

The GE Fund grant will allow Clarkson to continue to build upon a national reputation for the strength of our engineering programs, said Clarkson President Denny Brown. "The project-based learning environment will provide a solid foundation on which our students will gain invaluable experience to prepare them for the global marketplace."

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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