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.”

2016-2017 Funding Highlights

Faculty Accomplishments

Andrea Foulkes (Mathematics and Statistics) received a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for "Statistical methods for modeling multi-omic data." The project is for two years.

Jacquelyne Luce (Gender Studies) received a grant from the DES Action USA for "Embodying Transgenerational Exposure: Gender/sex/sexuality and experiences of being DES-exposed." The project is for nine and a half months.

Jessica Maier (Art History) received the Villa I Tatti - The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies for "Contested Places: Cartography, Conflict, and the Visual Arts in Early Modern Europe." The project is for one year.

Peter Klemperer (Computer Science) received a technology donation from Xilinx, Inc. for "Accelerating High-Performance, Coherent Memory Snapshotting with Reconfigurable Logic". 

KC Haydon (Psychology and Education) received funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for "RUI: Mechanisms That Link Conflict and Sleep Over Time." The project is for three years

Ng Tian Hui (Music) received funding from the Women's Philharmonic Advocacy for the project "Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra." The project is for one year.

Kate Singer (English) received funding from Romantic Bicentennials, a joint initiative of the Keats Shelley Association of America and the Byron Society of America, for her project "The Keats Letter Project." The project is for one year.

Kate Ballantine (Environmental Studies) and Jason Andras (Biology): User program participation from the Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute Small-scale Microbial/Metagenome Program for their project "The effect of ecological restoration on the structure and function of soil microbial communities in coastal wetlands.” The project is for one year.

Maria Gomez (Chemistry) received a grant from the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts for "Passport to Chemistry Adventure." The project is for one year.

James Hartley (Economics) received a grant from Charles Koch Foundation for his student reading group. The project is for one year.

Kate Ballantine (Environmental Studies) received funding from the Louise W. and Edmund J. Kahn Liberal Arts Institute - Smith College for the project "Destroy then Restore: Transforming our Lands and Waters.” The project is for one year.

Morena Svaldi (Italian) and Jean Janecki (Language Resource Center and LITS) from TalkAbroad.com received TalkAbroad credit for "From Reel to Real: Connecting Italian Culture Through Film."

Maria Gomez (Chemistry) received funding from Consortium Partner for the National Science Foundation (NSF) for "Molecular Educationa and Research Consortium in Undergraduate Computational Chemistry (MERCURY)" awarded directly to Bucknell.

Samba Gadjigo (French) has received an award from the British Film Institute (BFI) Programme Development Fund to release his film "Sembene!" alongside three of Sembene's seminal films.

Gail Hornstein (Psychology and Education) has received a second year of funding from The Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care in support for her project “Fostering Positive Alternatives for People Who Hear Voices.”  

Darby Dyar (Astronomy) has received a grant from the National Science Foundation for her collaborative research project, with UMass Amherst, entitled “Deep Learning in Spectroscopic Domains.”  Darby received a grant from NASA for "SuperCam-Analog Lasser-induced Breakdown Spectrometer at Mount Holyoke College" which will supplement her current award.

Michael Penn (Religion) has received a grant from the American Council of Learned Societies to support his “Automated Scribal Identification” project. 

Preston Smith (Politics) has been awarded a grant  from the Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation to support his research entitled “Ethnic Segregation and Political Support for Social Housing Policy in the Netherlands.”

Naoko Nemoto (Asian Studies) received a grant from the Japan Foundation for Japanese teaching materials. 

Caleb Fassett (Astronomy) has received a grant from NASA for his project, entitled “High resolution topography and radar observations of lunar craters and cratered surfaces.”

Lauret Savoy (Environmental Studies) received an award from Smithsonian as a Senior Fellow at the National Museum of American History (NMAH) for “On the River’s Back: A History of Landscape and Mixed Heritage in the Chesapeake Tidewater and Piedmont.”

Mark Lauer and Donna VanHandle (German Studies) received a grant from Five Colleges, Inc. for “Innovative Language Pedagogy: Elementary German bridge to 201.”

Catherine Corson (Environmental Studies) received a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for “Collaborative Ethnography of Global Conservation Governance.”

Stephen Jones (Russian and Eurasian Studies) received a CIES-Fulbright award for “Teaching/Research: State Building in the Democratic Republic of Georgia (1918-21): What Lessons for Democratization Strategies Today?”

Ying Wang (Asian Studies) received a grant from Five Colleges, Inc. for “Blended Learning Yue Opra.”

Leslie Fields (Archives & Special Collections) received a grant from Five Colleges, Inc. for “Zine Scenes Project with Hampshire College: An Interactive Website with Narrative Game Elements.”

Kerstin Nordstrom (Physics) received a grant from American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund as an Undergraduate New Investigator for “Dense Granular Flows: Connecting Dynamics Across Scales.”

Christopher Benfey (English) received a public scholar award from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for “Kipling’s Ark: The Making and Unmaking of an American Writer.”

Kathryn McMenimen (Chemistry) received a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for “Investigations of Small Heat Shock Protein Assemblies in Chaperone Function.”

James Hartley (Economics) received a grant from the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University for “The Essential Kirk Student Reading Group.”

Thomas Wartenberg (Philosophy) received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for his “Summer Seminar for School Teachers on Existentialism.”

Ombretta Frau, Erica Moretti, and Morena Svaldi (Department of Classics and Italian) has received a grant from the Five College Consortium for a Five College Innovative Language Teaching Fellowship

Morena Svaldi (Department of Classics and Italian) has received a grant from the Five College Consortium for a Five College Innovative Language Teaching Fellowship

James Hartley (Department of Economics) has received a grant from the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University for a Constitution of Liberty Student Reading Group

Lisa Ballesteros (Department of Computer Science) has received a grant from Google for Student Research Support in a Coding Course

Heather Pon-Barry, Audrey St. John (Department of Computer Science) & Becky Wai-Ling Packard (Department of Psychology and Education) have received a grant from Google for a Megas and Gigas Educate (MaGE) training course

Heather Pon-Barry (Computer Science) received a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for her project: "Collaborative Research: Understanding the Influence of a Teachable Robot on STEM Skills and Attitudes." 

Institutional Grants

Bridging Theory to Practice Project: Campus Dialogue: Inclusion and Diversity from the American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U). Program managers: Amber Douglas, Marcela Runell Hall, and Dorothy Mosby. The project is for one year.

Restoration Ecology Summer Scholars Program for high school girls received an award from PeoplesBank. Managed by Kate Ballantine (Environmental Studies), the project is for nine months.

Mount Holyoke received the Shelby and Gale Davis United World College Scholars award. 

The Davis United World College Scholars Program awarded student Celine Mudahakana for her “Weaving for Peace” proposal to Davis’s annual 100 Projects for Peace competition. Funds will support her ongoing project to build a center for a weaving cooperative in Rwanda.  The Office of Academic Deans staff manage this competitive opportunity.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association has awarded the college a Division 3 Ethnic Minority and Women’s Internship grant.

The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded a grant for the Seven Sisters Digitization Project, to be managed by LITS as a sub-award through Bryn Mawr College. 

Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation has awarded a grant to the Art Museum for “Diverse Voices Initiative - The Art of Inclusion” exhibition and program.

The George I. Alden Trust has awarded a grant for “Microscopy equipment and renovation of TEM lab.”

2015 Funding Highlights 

Faculty Grant Digest – December 2015
Faculty Grant Digest – May 2015
Faculty Grant Digest – April 2015

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