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Endowment: Robert W. Beart Chair in Chemistry

The endowed Robert W. Beart Chair in Chemistry supports the research of Dr. Pamela Trotter and several chemistry and biochemistry students each year. Through this funding, the students who work in Dr. Trotter's lab are able to do real, practical research-a rare experience for undergraduates that gives them an edge in graduate school and the field.


Brad Carter discovered more than a few things about himself during his summers as an Augustana student. He learned to play guitar as a camp counselor for Lutherdale Ministries the summer he'd received an internship through Augustana's Center for Vocational Reflection. While that summer confirmed his love for the great outdoors and hanging out with kids, another summer as a research assistant in a biochemistry laboratory confirmed a passion of a different sort: science in application.

Brad's talent and generous personality made him an easy research partner for Dr. Pam Trotter. Working with Dr. Trotter, Brad spent a summer investigating "the effects of mitochondrial transport protein mutations on retrograde signaling," generating data that may help us understand causes of human metabolic diseases at the molecular level, and presented his findings at the annual national meeting of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Brad's work from Dr. Trotter's lab went overseas when the Swedish Council of America granted him the Seaborg Award to present his research at the Stockholm International Youth Science Seminar in connection with the Nobel festivities.

The fascination for science he further developed as an Augustana student-and the practice of cutting-edge research not yet in the textbooks-led him to pursue further studies in the Neuroscience Program at the University of Michigan once he graduated from Augustana.

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