Funded Projects

Faculty have garnered Pulitzer Prizes, Guggenheim Fellowships, and grants from NASA as well as the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation including eight NSF CAREER awards, two Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientist and Engineers, the most prestigious federal government award for young scientists; and most recently, the NIH Director’s New Innovator Award. Also a Public Scholar Award from the National Endowment for the Humanities, a James S. McDonnell Foundation research award, and fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, American Philosophical Society, Fulbright and the NEH.

Mount Holyoke College has also received numerous foundation grants for institutional initiatives including from Mellon, Luce, A.V. Davis, Alden Trust, Carnegie, and Teagle Foundations, and from corporations including Google and Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company. The College’s Center for Global Initiatives was recognized with the Senator Paul Simon Award for global education and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching awarded its community engagement classification to the College's Community-Based Learning program, a prestigious designation given to institutions demonstrating that their mission, culture, leadership, resources, and practices support “dynamic and noteworthy community engagement.”

2019-2020 Funding Highlights

Faculty Accomplishments

Jessica Sidman (Mathematics): Co-PI on NSF award to Amherst College for the Conference: "Ideals, Varieties, and Applications", with Nathan Pflueger, Gregory S. Call, and Robert L. Benedetto. The project is for one year.

Valerie Barr (Computer Science): received a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for "HDR DSC: Collaborative Research: The Data Science WAV: Experiential Learning with Local Community Organizations" -  in collaboration with Smith College, Hampshire College, Amherst College, Greenfield Community College, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Springfield Technical Community College, Holyoke Community College and the  University of Massachusetts. The project is for three years.

Evan Ray (Mathematics and Statistics): received an award from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) through a subaward from University of Massachusetts Amherst for the project "Influenza Forecasting Center of Excellence at University of Massachusetts Amherst." The project is for five years.

Heather Pon-Barry (Computer Science): received a grant from the National Science Foundation for the project 'CAREER: Dialogue Engagement for Educational Robots.' The project is for five years.

Karen Remmler (German Studies) has been awarded a fellowship for the 2020 Institute for Critical Social Inquiry (ICSI) Summer Seminar at the New School in New York City, for a seminar on "Forensis." The fellowship is for one week.

Kelley O'Carroll (Psychology and Education): received an award from George Lucas Educational Foundation through a subaward from Harvard for the project "Education for Democracy." The project is for 9 months.

Kathy Aidala (Physics) received supplemental funding from Harvard on National Science Foundation CIQM subaward to fund MakerFaire.

Jonathan Ashby (Chemistry): was awarded by the Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh (SACP) for their 2020 Pittsburgh Conference Memorial National College Grant (PCMNCG) for the purchase of electrochemical instrumentation for integration into science coursework at Mount Holyoke College.

Andrea Lawlor (English) 2020 Winner in Fiction of the Whiting Award given by the Whiting Foundation in support of emerging authors whose work shows promise and excellence.

Sabra Thorner (Anthropology) has been included in a Australian Research Council (Australia) Grant via agreement with the University of Melbourne for the project "Indigenous Storytelling and the Living Archive of Aboriginal Knowledge." The project is for 3 years.

Jerrine Tan (English) has been awarded a grant from the Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation for the project "Research on Nobel Prize-Winning Southern African Authors Writing on Apartheid" The project is for 2 years.

Ligia Bouton (Studio Art) has been awarded a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship for her project, "A Time Capsule in Glass: Stella Variable and the Life of Henrietta Swan Leavitt".  Over the next 18 months she will conduct research at the Astronomical Photographic Plate Collection at the Harvard College Observatory (Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.)

Kate Ballantine (Environmental Studies) contributing partner on a successful USDA National Resources Conservation Service award to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for "Cranberry Bog Conservation and Habitat Restoration." The project is for 5 years.

Jonathan Ashby (Chemistry) received an award from Undergraduate Analytical Research Program (UARP) of the Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh (SACP) for the project "Selection of structure-switching aptamers for usage in electrochemical biosensors." The project is for one year.

Iyko Day (English) invited to participate as the Leslie Center William H. Morton Distinguished Senior Fellow in Fall 2020 Humanities Institute on Transnational and Decolonial Humanities: U.S. Ethnic Studies and Its Global Other at Dartmouth College Leslie Center for the Humanities.

Kate Ballantine and Rachel Rubin (Environmental Studies) and Jason Andras (Biology): received a grant from the Restore America's Estuaries: Southeast New England Program (SNEP) Watershed Grants for their project " Bioreactors for Enhanced Nitrogen Removal in Coastal Cranberry Farms." The project is for two years and four months.

Jessica Maier (Art History): received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for the project 'Contested Places: Cartography, Conflict, and the Visual Arts in Early Modern Europe.' The project is for one year.

Kate Singer (English): received an award for a joint project with Orrin Wang, "TechnoRomanticism now: Print, Electric & World." The project is for a one day event.

Jane Couperus (Psychology & Education): received a National Science Foundation grant for “Collaborative Research: Level II Preparing Undergraduates for Research in STEM-related fields Using Electrophysiology (PURSUE).” The project is for five years.

Valerie Barr (Computer Science): received a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for "HDR DSC: Collaborative Research: The Data Science WAV: Experiential Learning with Local Community Organizations" - in collaboration with Smith College, Hampshire College, Amherst College, Greenfield Community College, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Springfield Technical Community College, Holyoke Community College and the University of Massachusetts. The project is for three years.

Katie Berry (Biochemistry): received a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for "R15: Genetic Identification of Bacterial RNA Chaperone Proteins and their Mechanisms of Action." The project is for three years.

James Hartley (Economics): received a grant from the Institute for Humane Studies for a student reading group in the fall. The project is for 4.5 months.

Valerie Barr (Computer Science): award to Bryn Mawr by the Alliance to Advance Liberal Arts Colleges (AALAC) for “Data Science in the Liberal Arts: Shaping the Curriculum.” The project is to fund a workshop.

Valerie Barr (Computer Science): received a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for: "CUE Ethics: Collaborative Research: Evaluating Frameworks for Incorporating Computing Across the Curriculum." The project is for 18 months.

Kathy Binder (Psychology & Education): award by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for “R15 A Multi-skills Approach for Low Literate Adult Learners.” The project is for three years.

Barbara Lerner (Computer Science): received a sub award from Harvard under National Science Foundation (NSF) award 1450277 “S12-SSI: Collaborative Research: Bringing End to End Prevenance to Scientists.” The project is for one year.

Margaret Robinson PI with Co-PIs Giuliana Davidoff, Dylan Shepardson and Jessica Sidman (Mathematics): received a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for “Collaborative Proposal: Hudson River Undergraduate Mathematics Conference 2020-2022” – with Keene and Siena Colleges. The project is for three years.

Institutional Grants

World Learning, Inc.: $14,998.24 to PaGE for the project 'Capacity Building Program for U.S. Study Abroad: Best Practices in Study Abroad Program Assessment and Evaluation.' The project is for eight months.

$10,000 from the Leon Levy Foundation for the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum (MHCAM), operating support.

Shelby and Gale Davis (UWC): $90,000 for financial aid for Davis United World College Scholars, AY 2019-2020. The project is for one year.

PeoplesBank: $10,000 for Western Mass Scholarships (spendable). Project is for one year.

PeoplesBank: $10,000 for Institute for Arts Integration (IAI) Partnership between Enchanted Circle Theatre (ECT) and Professional and Graduate Education (PaGE) Program. The project is for one year.

Henry R. Luce Foundation: $348,000 for Clare Booth Luce Professorships Fiscal Year 2020. The project is for one year.

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation: $100,000 for New President's Discretionary Grant: Presidential Initiatives.

Walmart: $500 for Public Safety and Service community outreach. The project is for one year.