BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Micron Foundation has given $25 million to Boise State University for the school's materials science program.

The Idaho Statesman reports that the sum is nearly half of the cost of the Center for Materials Research, which will house the program.

This is one in a string of gifts the Micron Foundation has made to launch Boise State's materials science program, which started in 2002 and now has 177 students.

Micron officials say the center will benefit them as well, as Micron is a major manufacturing company that builds advanced, nano-scale semiconductors. They say materials science is a major part of their production.

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