Campus: CSU Channel Islands -- October 28, 2005
California State University Channel Islands Receives $950,000 Amgen
Foundation Grant for Science Equipment
Camarillo, Calif., October 27, 2005 -California State University Channel Islands today
announced it has received a $950,000 grant from the Amgen Foundation. Amgen's support will
help provide some of the most sophisticated scientific instrumentation used in research and
industry today-equipment that will be used by CSUCI students and faculty and accessible via
the Internet to their counterparts at seven regional universities, colleges, and community
colleges. The state-of-the-art equipment will include X-ray diffraction, nuclear magnetic
resonance spectrometry, and gas chromatography/mass spectrometry instrumentation.
"The Amgen Foundation is pleased to support California State University Channel Islands in
developing a program that has such direct and long-term benefits for improving science
education in the community," said Jean Lim, president of the Amgen Foundation. "With the
Foundation's support, CSUCI will become a hub for scientific exploration, enhancing the
technological preparedness of students throughout the region and across the state."
CSUCI President Richard R. Rush said that the grant represents a great benefit to California
education and industry throughout the entire region "We're very grateful to the Amgen Foundation
for this wonderful opportunity," Rush said. "This grant is truly significant because CSUCI and
our educational partners will share in the use of scientific instrumentation that will advance
students' training, knowledge, and skills."
CSUCI's educational partners, who would have virtual access to the equipment via the Internet,
are California Lutheran University, Pepperdine University, Moorpark College, Oxnard College,
Pierce College, Ventura College, and Westmont College.
The Amgen Foundation
seeks to advance science education; improve patient access to quality care; and strengthen the
communities where Amgen staff members live and work. Since 1991, the Foundation has made more
than $53 million in grants to local, regional, and national nonprofit organizations that impact
society in inspiring and innovative ways.
California State University Channel Islands' Mission Statement
Placing students at the center of the educational experience, California State University Channel
Islands provides undergraduate and graduate education that facilitates learning within and
across disciplines through integrative approaches, emphasizes experiential and service learning,
and graduates students with multicultural and international perspectives. For more information,
Media Contact: Peggy Hinz, 805-437-8947