May 01, 2020

Edward Waters College Awarded $150,000 National Science Foundation Grant

JACKSONVILLE, FLA. – U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) is pleased to announce that Edward Waters College was recently awarded a $150,000 National Science Foundation grant. The grant supports the “Characteristics of the Annual Airborne Pollen Spectrum in Northeast Florida” project, which intends to characterize the pattern of urban airborne pollen in Northeast Florida and provide hands-on research activity for undergraduate students at Edward Waters.

“It is critical that students around the nation receive full access to educational opportunities in STEM,” Rep. Lawson said. “The NSF grant will help to expose undergraduate students to forensic ecology and botany, and increase the research capacity of Edward Waters College.”

The two-year study will examine the morphological structure of the anemophilous (wind pollinated) pollen grains in Northeast Florida. This will allow characterization of the local vegetation in the area. The college hopes that long-term pollen monitoring through this method will generate data to establish a phenological pollen calendar for Northeast Florida.