Published on September 4, 2009  

Samford University's Christenberry Planetarium Director George Atchley was recently awarded a $1000 microgrant from NASA to fund a program entitled "Stars Fell on Alabama." The program's goal is to encourage high school students to get involved in science. Students will learn to use robotic telescopes located in southern Arizona through computer software. They will each create images that will be judged by the Birmingham Astronomical Society and displayed in the planetarium.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.