BU Gives $8,500 in Grants for Summer Programs and Local Non-Profit

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August 8th, 2013

For Immediate Release: August 7, 2013
Contact: Ellen Berlin (617) 520-7115, eberlin@webershandwick.com

Valeda Britton, (617) 638-1911, vjbritto@bu.edu


(Boston) — Boston University recently gave $8,500 to help aid programs that support Roxbury’s arts and cultural environment as well as a summer biotech program for local youth. The grants are part of the on-going program to provide community assistance to local nonprofit organizations. In the last two years, these BU community grants have provided over $20,000 in assistance to local neighborhood based organizations.

A grant of $2,500 was made to Discover Roxbury to support its ArtROX! series , which highlights and promotes Roxbury’s art and culture and includes tours of Roxbury’s public and private art studios. Discover Roxbury collaborates with other partners under the ArtROX! brand to sponsor the Wake Up the Earth Parade, the Franklin Park Kite Festival, Jazz at the Fort and Roxbury Open Studios.

BU awarded six scholarships to Boston students to participate in the SummerLab Biotechnology Program at BU CityLab. SummerLab provides high school students the opportunity to get hands- on biotechnology lab experience. The scholarships were awarded to students from: Madison Park Technical Vocational High School, Cathedral High School, City on a Hill Charter School and Boston Latin Academy.

Under the ArtROX! brand , Discover Roxbury finds new and innovative ways to increase the visibility of Roxbury’s artists and to bring new art resources into our community. We are extremely pleased to have Boston University support our ongoing work,” said Derek Lumpkins, Executive Director, Discover Roxbury.


“The SummerLab Biotechnology Program is a great way to for us to engage with local kids and help high school students continue exploring science over the summer. BU’s support of our programs is tremendously helpful,” said Julia Hammer Mendez of BU CityLab.

“Boston University is committed to providing resources to community organizations and agencies that benefit local residents. Discover Roxbury events are fun and informative and showcase the creativity and history that is a vital part of Roxbury. Providing high school students with a hands-on laboratory experience expands and stimulates their desire to learn more about science. We are pleased to welcome these students to our program this summer.” said Valeda Britton, Executive Director-Community Relations Medical Campus, BU Government and Community Affairs.

About Discover Roxbury

Discover Roxbury builds community pride and creates bridges of understanding by increasing knowledge of Roxbury’s historic and cultural contribution by promoting participation in the cultural and historic life of the community, and fostering economic empowerment by increasing support for Roxbury’s businesses and institutions. Programs are designed to help overcome racial and class stereotypes of Roxbury and the lack of knowledge about the community. In addition, Discover Roxbury advocates for the preservation of Roxbury’s historic and cultural assets

About SummerLab Biotechnology Program at BU CityLab

SummerLab provides an opportunity for students to get a hands-on laboratory experience with biotechnology. Two curricula are offered: Go for the Glow: Production and purification of green fluorescent protein and Clinical Connection: A medical research challenge. Go for the Glow allows students to visualize the process of gene expression, lysis and purification. Clinical Connection is focused on using cutting edge technology to research disease and the processes involved in the development of potential treatments. The program is open to all current high school students.

About Boston University

Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized institution of higher education and research. With more than 33,000 students, it is the fourth-largest independent university in the United States. BU consists of 16 schools and colleges, along with a number of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes integral to the University’s research and teaching mission. In 2012, BU joined the Association of American Universities (AAU), a consortium of 62 leading research universities in the United States and Canada.