Funding approved for new Science Learning Center

September 12, 2013
by Jere W. Morehead, President

UGA received some very good news this week when the University System Board of Regents placed our Science Learning Center on its capital projects list, which will be submitted to Governor Deal as part of the System’s FY 2015 budget request. This facility, which will provide much-needed classroom and laboratory space for our students, was the top priority I submitted to the Regents this year.  The SLC will place UGA at the forefront of offering students the very best facilities in science education and will advance the Governor's goal of expanding the pipeline for students in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) disciplines.

The $44.7 million, 122,500-square-foot facility will provide modern, efficient and flexible space for undergraduate laboratory teaching in the STEM disciplines. Once completed, the project will be supplemented by $10 million in institutional funds to begin a program to modernize space where such courses are now taught in the 1960s-era Chemistry and Biological Sciences buildings, with much of that space being repurposed to support faculty research.

Our core undergraduate science lab courses at UGA have been operating above capacity, particularly in chemistry and biology, and are taught in outdated facilities that are difficult to maintain. I am grateful to the Chancellor and the Regents for their support of this vitally important academic project.