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MSU receives NSF grant for climate research

Morehead State will receive more than $1 million in grant funds from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support research to combat climate change.

The funding comes from the NSF Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (NSF EPSCoR.) The work at MSU is part of a statewide project, "Climate Resilience through Multidisciplinary Big Data Learning, Prediction & Building Response Systems (CLIMBS)." NSF EPSCoR invested $20 million into the CLIMBS project in Kentucky.

The $1,155,764 in funding for MSU will be disbursed over five years to support paleontology, soil science, sedimentology, and hydrogeology research and teaching. It will also establish a summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) mini-program and support the full networking integration of undergraduate and Craft Academy researchers with their peers at other regional universities.

CLIMBS is a collaboration between the University of Kentucky, the University of Louisville, Western Kentucky University, Northern Kentucky University, Morehead State University, Eastern Kentucky University, Murray State University and Thomas More University.

Dr. Amy Collick, assistant professor of precision agriculture/agritech, Dr. Md. Golam Kibria, assistant professor of geoscience, and Dr. Jen O'Keefe, professor of geoscience, are MSU's co-investigators for CLIMBS.

MSU's Department of Engineering Sciences offers diverse programs, including computer science, earth science, engineering and technology management, physics, systems engineering, and space systems engineering. This comprehensive selection provides students with a well-rounded and integrated education in these dynamic fields. Email Department Chair Dr. Eric Jerde at or call 606-783-5406 to learn more.