Congressman Sanford Bishop

Representing the 2nd District of Georgia


Jul 14, 2015
Press Release

FORT VALLEY, GA – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) is proud to share that the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded Fort Valley State University (FVSU) a $399,049 grant to examine the effect of toxins or toxic chemicals on the environment and living organisms. The funds will be used to support toxicology research and instruction at FVSU.

“I applaud the National Science Foundation for providing Fort Valley State University this wonderful opportunity for students to continue to connect and grow through science and research by bolstering the program’s undergraduate research training,” said Congressman Bishop.

“We’re elated to receive such tremendous support from the National Science Foundation for our research initiatives at Fort Valley State,” said Dr. Jessica Bailey, Interim President of FVSU. “Our desire is to continue encouraging students to get engaged and excited about research and these funds will play a vital role towards reaching that goal."

Specifically, FVSU will use the grant to improve and update the Biology and Chemistry curriculum through the inclusion of toxicology instruction and undergraduate research. It includes: 1) establishing curriculum for Principles of Toxicology and Investigations of toxicology; 2) establishing a core toxicology teaching laboratory suitable for implementing inquiry-based course instruction; 3) establishing undergraduate research opportunities in toxicology through institutional collaboration; and 4) enhancing FVSU faculty knowledge and research expertise in toxicology.