Kentucky Bucks For Brains Program Wins National Award

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Kentucky's higher education Bucks for Brains program has won a national award for being a model of how states and regions create high-paying jobs through investments in science, technology and innovation.

Bucks for Brains won the "expanding research capacity" category of the 2011 State Science and Technology Institute's (SSTI) Excellence in Technology Based Economic Development (TBED) national award program.

University of Kentucky Provost Kumble Subbaswamy accepted the award on behalf of Kentucky at an awards ceremony Tuesday in Columbus, Ohio.

The endowment match program matches state dollars with private donations to encourage research at the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville, and to strengthen key programs at Kentucky's comprehensive universities.

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