Hope College will receive $245,516 from the Department of Health and Human Services to purchase new scientific equipment that will help further health care research, U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra, R-Holland, announced today.

"Hope College is ranked as one of the top undergraduate scientific research institutions in the country," Hoekstra said. "Enabling the Science Center to access additional research and teaching tools is an investment in the future of health care."

The funding was originally included in the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2005. It passed as part of the federal omnibus appropriations package last fall.

Hope College will use the grant to purchase new equipment for each department in the Science Center, including biology, chemistry, the geological and environmental sciences, nursing and psychology. Examples include an inverted microscope and digital camera for use in research involving cell growth, a high-tech manikin for use in nursing courses, an integrated psychophysiology system for coursework and research and UV/VIS Circular Dichroism Spectophotometer that will support cancer research.

"The opportunity to purchase multiple pieces of specialized scientific equipment will further contribute to the excellence of Hope's nationally recognized teaching and research programs," said Dr. James Boelkins, provost at Hope College. "We are extremely grateful for Congressman Hoekstra's support in obtaining this grant. It will significantly enhance Hope's ability to prepare future scientific educators."