Erie Doctor and Gannon University Provost Establish Faculty-Led Student Research Fund
Posted: December 22, 2014
Thomas R. Masters, D.O. and Carolynn Masters, Ph.D., RN, have
established a Faculty-Led Student Research Endowed Fund at Gannon
University with their gift of $42,000. A portion of their gift also
supports Gannon's Annual Fund for Academic Excellence.
Their gift will support undergraduate research, which plays a
central role in the Gannon learning experience. Students
participate in independent research under the guidance of a faculty
member. Faculty also act as mentors in undergraduate research,
offering meaningful collaborative research experiences that will
prepare students for the rigors of graduate school or a career in
industry. Undergraduates frequently present the results of their
work at local, regional and national conferences.
Masters commented that, "Tom and I have dedicated a great deal
of our lives to Gannon University and the Erie community, and we
are excited to provide charitable support to Gannon students to
conduct cutting-edge research"
Carolynn Masters earned a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing
from Carlow College in 1981, Master of Science degree in nursing
from Edinboro University in 1991, and a Ph.D. from Duquesne
University in 2000. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the
International Honor Society of Nursing.
Masters joined Gannon in 2000 as director of the Villa Maria
School of Nursing and was appointed dean in 2006. She has served as
dean of the Morosky College of Health Professions and Sciences
since 2008. Masters was named provost and vice president for
academic affairs in 2013.
A 1978 Gannon graduate, Dr. Thomas Masters earned a Bachelor of
Science degree in biology. Masters earned his medical degree at the
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his
residency at Metro Health Center in Erie. He specializes in family
medicine and is a member of the American Osteopathic
Carolynn and Tom are avid Pittsburgh Steelers fans.