YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Youngstown State University is getting a large gift to create a biomedical research lab.
Eleanor Watanakunakorn is donating $1.5 million to the project in the College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
The endowment will support students performing undergraduate research. Students going into the medical field will be targeted for use of the lab.
All participating students are required to give an oral or poster presentation during the program’s annual symposium.
Mrs. Watanakunakorn is a longstanding philanthropic leader in the Mahoning Valley. In 2014, she was recognized as an “Outstanding Philanthropist” by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Mahoning-Shenango Chapter National Philanthropy Day Awards.
Her late husband, Dr. Chatrchai Watanakukorn, was the first infectious disease specialist in Youngstown, working for nearly 22 years at St. Elizabeth Health Center.