At Dordt, we believe collaboration and experience are essential to how we learn and develop. Collaborative research opportunities in the Biology Department provide students with research expertise and help collaborating research groups improve the human condition. In 2001, a generous donor gifted the department two used microtomes. A microtome is an instrument that makes very thin (3 microns) sections of preserved tissues for microscopic analysis. This generous gift has allowed students to learn how to cut and stain sections in various settings, including Histology, as they examine the exquisite details of the human body. These microtomes have also been used in several undergraduate biomedical research projects that have recently led to a successful collaboration with Sanford Research in Sioux Falls, SD.
In order for these and other opportunities to continue, we need your help! With age and frequent use, one of the microtomes has worn out and is irreparable. Due to the time-sensitive work of these instruments, two microtomes are needed in order to provide sufficient student access. We are asking for your support as we seek to purchase a replacement. Will you help us reach our goal of $17,500 to purchase a new microtome? Your gift helps to make student research possible.