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.”

2018 Funding Highlights

Faculty Accomplishments

Ted Gilliland (Economics): received a grant from the World Bank through the University of California - Davis for "Capturing Coral Reef Related Ecosystem Services (CCRES)." The project is for two months.

Kathy Aidala and Kerstin Nordstrom (Physics) with Jenny Ross (Umass): received funding from the Research Corp and Cottrell Scholars Collaborative to support the 2019 Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Eva Paus and Rick Feldman (Economics - Entrepreneurship, Organizations and Society Program): received a grant from the Alliance to Advance Liberal Arts Colleges (AALAC) for a workshop in 2019 on “Social Impact Entrepreneurship in the Liberal Arts: Curricular & Co-Curricular Innovations & Connections.” The project is for 18 months.

Darby Dyar (Astronomy): received a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for "Collaborative Research: Formation, Stability, and Detection of Amorphous Salts on Mars." The project is for three years.

Stephen Jones (International Relations; Russian and Eurasian Studies) Co-PI with Georgian colleagues: received a grant from the Rustaveli National Science Foundation for an international conference and summer school in Georgia on the First Republic.

Barbie Diewald (Dance): received a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council for an Artist Fellowship in Choreography. The project is for one year.

Kyle Broaders (Chemistry): received a grant from the National Science Foundation for “RUI: Boronic Ester Modified Polysaccharides for Oxidation-Responsive Delivery Applications." This project is for three years.

Renae Brodie (Biology): received a grant from the National Science Foundation for IOS Proposal: “RUI: Exploring range limits in the fiddler crab Uca pugnax using the Dynamic Energy Budget approach.” This project is for three years.

Ken Colodner (Biology) with Kyle Broader (Chemistry), Kerstin Nordstrom (Physics), Jared Schwartzer (Psychology and Education) and Craig Woodard (Biological Sciences): received a grant from the National Science Foundation for “MRI: Acquisition of integrated laser scanning/spinning disk confocal microscopy system to advance multidisciplinary research and training at Mount Holyoke College.” This project is for three years.

Darby Dyar (Astronomy): received a grant from the National Science Foundation for “PGG: Collaborative Research: Refining Geothermobarometry in Pyroxenes using In Situ Measurements of Fe3+.” This project is for three years.

Julia O'Connell (student) working with Ken Colodner (Neuroscience and Behavior): received a grant from the Microscopy Society of America for "The Effect of TBI on STAT Activity in a Drosophila Model of Glial Tauopathy." The project is for one year.

Mara Breen (Psychology and Education) and Heather Pon-Barry (Computer Science): Senior Personnel collaborating on National Science Foundation funded Umass project "Workshop on sociolectal and dialectal prosodic variation" under the direction of Umass PI's Yu and Armstrong. The project is for 18 months.

Tian Ng (Music): received a grant from the Marion and Jaspar Whiting Foundation for "Community Based Projects at the Apex of Classical Music," a one-year project.

Lan Wu (History): received a grant from the Marion and Jaspar Whiting Foundation for "Footprints of Travel: History Learning beyond Words," a one-year project.

Jennifer Wallace Jacoby (Psychology and Education): received a grant from the Foundation for Child Development for "The Other Teachers in the Room: Foregrounding the Roles and Contributions of Assistant Teachers in Early Childhood Classrooms." The project is for three years.

Wei Chen (Chemistry): received a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for "RUI: Poly (vinyl alcohol) Thin Film Dewetting by Controlled Directional Drying." The project is for three years.

Ombretta Frau (Italian Studies): received a grant from The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation for "La lettura e il mio pane quotidiano spirituale"/"Reading is my daily spiritual bread"-Intellectual women in nineteenth century Venice. The project is for one year.

Paula Debnar (Classics): Five College Innovative Language Teaching Award for Summer 2018 to design and create material for Homeric Greek Resource Site, Phase 2 for Lessons 21-36 for intro-level Homeric Greek courses. Awarded in collaboration with two colleagues from Smith and the University of Massachusetts.

Timothy Chumley (Mathematics and Statistics): a grant from the American Mathematical Society for travel reimbursement for attendance at the International Congress of Mathematicians in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in August 2018.

Andrea Foulkes (Mathematics and Statistics): a grant from the CKD Biomarkers Consortium of the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (sub-award under NIH grant) for "Statistical Methods for Genomics of CKD." The project is for one year. In addition, a grant was received from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for "R1-Methods for integrated analysis of multi-level omics data." This project is for four years.

Kerstin Nordstrom (Physics): named Cottrell Sholar 2018. A grant from the Research Corporation for Science Advancement (RCSA) for "Flow in Amorphous Systems: Understanding Dynamics Across Scales." This project is for three years.

James Hartley (Economics): received a grant from the Charles Koch Foundation for a student reading group. This project is for one year and $1,300 from the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University for "Liberty & A Free Society Reading Group." The project is for 4.5 months.

Gail Hornstein (Psychology): received a grant from the Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care for her project "Hearing Voices Research and Development Fund: Years 3 & 4. This project is for two years.

Mark Lauer (German Studies) in collaboration with Judith Keyler-Meyer (Smith College): a grant from Five Colleges, Inc. for a Five College Innovative Language Teaching Award to develop and assess materials in Winter 2017/2018 for a Collaborative German Intensive Elementary Course to be co-taught in Spring 2018 at Smith College and Mount Holyoke College.

Patricia Banks (Sociology): Invited fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) at Stanford University during the 2018-2019 academic year for her project “The Meanings and Motivations of Black Cultural Philanthropy.”

Institutional Grants

In July, the Davis Educational Foundation awarded Mount Holyoke $178,600 for Curricular Reimagining and Restructuring, under the direction of the dean’s office. This grant underwrites faculty participation in the process of making improvements to the College’s curriculum. The project is for three years.
The Leon Levy Foundation awarded a renewal grant of $10,000 to the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum for general operations.

PeoplesBank: Restoration and Ecology Summer Scholars program for high school students managed by Kate Ballantine in Environmental Studies.

Davis United World College Scholars Program: 100 Projects for Peace: Rosalyn Leban '18 for her project "Bridging the Opportunity Gap through Computer Education," a six-month project. Elizabeth Ansah '18 for her project "When a Woman Tells a Story," a six-month project.