Bluffton, Findlay receive joint science grant

BLUFFTON — The University of Findlay and Bluffton University are set to receive their first collaborative grant since the institutions revealed their proposed merger in March.

The $2,000 grant comes from the Council of Independent Colleges for improving science instruction, according to a press release sent Thursday by the University of Findlay.

Faculty from the science departments at Bluffton University and the University of Findlay will work together to revitalize science education, while gaining insights into each other’s academic programs, departmental objectives and goals for individual courses, according to the release.

“This grant represents what both institutions perceive as a beginning step to foster informal interactions among faculty members,” Dr. Christine Denecker, associate vice president of learning and innovation at U of F, said in the release.

The universities estimate regulatory approval for their proposed merger will take at least 12 to 15 months.