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 Association.

Carolynn and Tom are avid Pittsburgh Steelers fans.