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 Funding Highlights

Faculty Accomplishments

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.

John Tawa (Psychology): New York Community Trust Fahs-Beck Fund – “Racial bias in police use of force: A virtual simulation method.” The project is for one year.

Institutional Grants

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 Campus Police community outreach. The project is for one year.