Rich and Robin Research Facility planned for use later this academic year. 

Indiana State University has been gifted a $250,000 Research Facility. Donated by Rich and Robin Porter, it will be on the second floor of the science building, with a focus on cancer research. It will be a beneficial addition to ISU’s research in the future. 

“This is a visionary program that will put our university on the map nationally as a competitive graduate program in the field,” ISU president Dr. Deborah J. Curtis said. “We are so grateful for our alumnus Rich Porter and his wife Robin, who have been generous donors to ISU in the past and now have given us the means to advance our cancer research tremendously.”

The passion of creating this center started after the Porters met some of ISU’s student researchers. “The Porters have an interest in cancer research based on the affiliation with the James Cancer Center at Ohio State University.  When the Porters met some of our student researchers at an alumni event last winter, they started thinking about how they could contribute research at ISU,” said Rusty Gonser, a professor in the Department of Biology. 

The space previously was used for similar use. “The space was already in existence and is an active laboratory that provides ISU with a dedicated location for cancer research,” said Gonser, “Research is active in that space now, but there will be an event planned for later in the academic year.”

The donation also will be used to support five fellowships to graduate students for research. “This will benefit students at ISU by providing fellowships to graduate students to support the time needed for research.  Fellowships will allow students more time to focus research,” said Gonser.

The research center will greatly benefit ISU and its students in a number of ways. “The Porter Cancer Center and Porter Research Fellows helps ISU cancer research take a next step. It provides resources that help generate data and scientific discoveries that can be disseminated to other scientists,” said Gonser, “Together these discoveries can hopefully provide insights that can be used for the development of new treatments for cancer.”