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Published on May 22, 2024
Florida Atlantic University Schools Snag $2M Grant for New Research and Innovation Hub in Boca RatonSource: Harvard Jolly

Sunshine State's young minds are in for an entrepreneurial treat, as the Florida Atlantic University Laboratory Schools bagged a hefty $2 million grant from The Marcus Foundation. According to CBS12, the funds will grease the wheels for the inception of the Marcus Research and Innovation Center, aiming to propel students into research gladiators, poised to tackle the nation's gnarliest puzzles.

The funds are destined to birth over 12,000 square feet of high-tech research real estate at the A.D. Henderson University School and FAU High School campus located in Boca Raton, the lab's ecology ranging from bioimaging to, ocean science, neuroscience, to healthcare disciples. In a statement dished out by CBS12, FAU Superintendent, Dr. Joel Herbst strutted the grant as a transformative education game-changer, pumping not just knowledge but passion into the hearts of learners.

Courtesy of The Marcus Foundation's generosity, the FAU's think tank will not just educate, but will also double as a magnet for visiting scholars and researchers, creating a vibrant collaborative space. These plans will further bolster partnerships with the likes of the Marcus Neuroscience Institute and Marcus Institute of Integrative Health, as CBS12 details.

FAU's President Stacy Volnick echoed her satisfaction with the investment which promises academic gold mines. She conveyed her enthusiasm in terms borrowed from The Marcus Foundation's playbook, stating, "This impactful grant will facilitate the development of our students’ passions, expand our research and pioneer the critical discoveries of tomorrow," a vision echoed FAU's own news hub. The center also has plans involving a kindergartener research introduction, and it already boasts an impressive student research repertoire with its plethora of publications and citations.

Additionally, the new hub is set to support existing initiatives like the Stiles-Nicholson STEM Teacher Academy and The Cane Institute for Advanced Technologies, ensuring the Marcus Research and Innovation Center isn't just a student factory, but a crucible for school leaders and future educators. As FAU Newsdesk reports, Herbst trumpeted the grant as an accelerator for already revolutionary re-engineering of educational frameworks.

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