Grant Will Help ATU Train Geoscientists

Terracon Check Presentation 1-7-2020
Photographed (from left-to-right): Quin Baber, David Hopkins, Alisha Williams and Dr. Jason Patton.

The Terracon Foundation has announced a $5,000 grant that will help Arkansas Tech University provide new opportunities for students in the ATU College of Natural and Health Sciences.

The funds will provide final-stage funding for the purchase of a ground penetrating radar system and help create a new fellowship for undergraduate students desiring advanced training in geophysical methods.

Terracon’s Little Rock office employs nine geologists who are graduates of ATU. Two of them, David Hopkins (Class of 1987) and Quin Baber (Class of 1981), were on hand for the check presentation on Tuesday, Jan. 7.

Additional collaborators in making the grant possible included Dr. Jason Patton, head of the ATU Department of Physical Sciences and associate professor of geology; and Alisha Williams, director of corporate and foundation relations in the ATU Division of Advancement.

“It is a great honor to receive this award, as the foundation typically only awards these to graduate programs, but thought our undergraduate program was deserving of these funds,” said Williams. “This is the first grant application that we have submitted to the foundation. It is our hope that this will lead to additional funding in the future.”

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