Hobart and William Smith Colleges - Alums Establish the Dr. Kenneth R. Carle Endowed Summer Science Research Fund
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Alums Establish the Dr. Kenneth R. Carle Endowed Summer Science Research Fund

Since 1987, HWS students have been given the opportunity to conduct science research during the summer through the Undergraduate Summer Research Program, which pairs students with a faculty research mentor as they conduct research, gain laboratory experience and communicate their findings. Now, a new permanent endowment will help to fund this research.

The Dr. Kenneth R. Carle Endowed Summer Science Research Fund is named for Professor Emeritus of Chemistry Kenneth Carle P’82, P’84, P’90 and was established with a lead gift from Carle’s son, Dr. Kenneth “Alan” Carle ’82.

Dr. Carle, who recently celebrated his 90th birthday, taught at the Colleges from 1959 to 1992, including 25 years as the pre-med advisor. Over the years, Carle has been honored with the Faculty Award for Community Service, the Sigma Chi Faculty Award and the Hobart Student Association and William Smith Congress Annual Faculty Award. In 2001, he received a Distinguished Faculty Award.

Alan Carle, a physician who specializes in pain management, conducted summer research as a Hobart student and recalls that “it was an excellent experience, to be able to focus on a project with no classes or other obligations.” Establishing the fund in his father’s name is a way for Alan and other donors to provide students with uninterrupted opportunities to pursue their interests. “The fund will help science majors develop their resume and adds to the college experience,” he says.

Contributors to the new fund include Carle’s daughters, HWS Professor of Biology Sigrid Carle ’84 and Sandra Carle Pilotte ’90, as well as Dr. Steven Lasser ’78, Bradford Spring ’88 and Michael Dick ’70, P’09.

A retired dentist who took organic chemistry with Carle, Dick remembers that “he was always encouraging and supported me in whatever efforts I was making. He ended up writing references for me and helped me obtain my first teaching job and then admission to dental school.” Dick remains close with Carle through letters and visits.

“As an educator, mentor and friend, Dr. Carle helped me succeed both academically and personally,” says Lasser, an orthopedic spine surgeon in Hollywood, Fla. “He always displayed an infectious level of enthusiasm and energy toward every topic under discussion.” Lasser says he donated to the fund because of “the immense contribution Dr. Carle has made to my life and career.”

To be selected for the Undergraduate Summer Research Program, students must demonstrate a compelling interest in the field of study and the potential to be outstanding researchers. Mentors are selected from the Colleges’ faculty and from the faculty of the New York State Agricultural Research Station, a division of Cornell University. The program produces a steady stream of publications, helps support a research-active faculty and ensures that students have the experience necessary to successfully enter graduate programs or careers in the sciences and social sciences.

For more information about how to support the Dr. Kenneth R. Carle Endowed Summer Science Research Fund, contact Melissa Joyce-Rosen, Director of Leadership Giving in the Office of Advancement, at joycerosen@hws.edu or 315-781-3755.