Recent Grants

Recent grant acquisitions demonstrate confidence in the scholarship of Earlham's faculty and the value of an Earlham degree. Both in terms of dollar amounts awarded and in disciplines involved, this short list indicates a diversity in types of requests made and awards received.

  • In September 2014 the Joseph Moore Museum (JMM), under the leadership of Heather Lerner and Ann-Eliza Lewis, received a $149,793 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services’ Museums for America program to catalog, inventory, database and make accessible on the Internet the focal collections of the museum. Over the three years of the grant, the JMM will have completed an inventory of the focal collections and entered the nearly 12,000 specimens into a customized database. The collection will be made available for international research through a Web portal and be prepared to connect to international biodiversity data portals.

  • The Association of American Colleges & Universities awarded Earlham $70,000 in August 2014 to participate with other Great Lakes Colleges Association campuses in the Valid Assessment of Learning in Undergraduate Education (VALUE) project. This two-year initiative focuses on direct assessment of student learning and documentation of expected learning outcomes such as information literacy, intercultural knowledge, ethical reasoning and problem solving.

  • Beginning in October 2014 a two-year $347,228 grant from the National Science Foundation will fund upgrades in Earlham’s cyber-infrastructure backbone connections for its entire Science Complex. Tom Steffes (ITS), Charlie Peck (Computer Science), Lori Watson (Chemistry), Heather Lerner (Biology/Joseph Moore Museum), and Michael Lerner (Physics) collaborated on the successful application for the project, which will expose a greater number of undergraduate students to scientific discovery through hands-on research projects with faculty and through access to scientific resources and applications available through the research and education networks.

  • In August 2014 the Council for International Exchange of Scholars awarded the College a Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence grant to bring Heri Purwanto, a professional gamelan musician from Indonesia, to campus for the 2014-15 academic year. Mr. Purwanto is instructing both new and returning Earlham students in the Javanese gamelan ensemble and giving private and small-group lessons on the instrumental and vocal parts that require more intensive instruction than what is possible in the full ensemble rehearsals.

  • Mary Garman and Michael Birkel in the Religion Department received a $2,500 grant from Interfaith Youth Core that is supporting the development of an interfaith course sequence, expanded religious literacy, and more advanced religious discourse throughout the 2014-2015 academic year.

  • In January 2014 the National Endowment for the Humanities awarded Earlham a two-year $5,165 grant for the project “Preservation Assessment of the Friends Collection and Earlham College Archives.” The assessment is evaluating the general storage conditions of the collection, including environment, security, fire protection, and collection storage and handling. The assessment will result in a written report providing immediate, medium, and long-term preservation priorities to ensure the safety and longevity of Earlham’s archival holdings.

  • In December 2013 the Lilly Endowment, Inc. awarded Earlham $1,000,000 over four years to fund its new “Indiana Pathways: Building the Bridge to Employment Through High Impact Learning” program. Designed specifically to keep graduates in Indiana, the grant program brings together experiential learning and the liberal arts to build bridges from college to career. The program includes over 20 opportunities for student internships with highly regarded Indiana organizations including Riley Children’s Hospital, the Indianapolis Children’s Museum, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Conner Prairie, the Indiana University School of Medicine Neuroscience Research Institute, and the Richard M. Fairbanks Indiana University School of Public Health. 

  • Marc Benamou (Music) received a three-year Scholarly Editions and Translations Grant of $290,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities for his project “Javanese Sung Poetry in Translation.” With collaborators in Indonesia and the U.S. Benamou is developing a searchable database, website, and print publication of Javanese gamelan song texts, translated into both Indonesian and English, for use by gamelan ensembles throughout the world.

  • In the spring of 2013 John Iverson (Biology) received National Science Foundation funding through a sub-award from Iowa State University. The award of $94,044 – “Climate change and environmental sex determination in a geographically widespread species” – is part of a long-term collaborative project that supports Iverson’s research with Earlham students in the Sand Hills of Nebraska for three summers. Students monitor several species of nesting turtles, and capture, measure, mark, and release each female, while also recording microhabitat data at each nest site.

  • Through its Luce Initiative on Asian Studies and the Environment (LIASE) the Henry Luce Foundation awarded the College a $50,000 exploration grant in March 2013. Gary DeCoker (Japanese Studies), Andy Moore (Geology) and Eric Cunningham (Japanese Studies) have collaborated with Iwate University faculty in Morioka to expand student research opportunities in Japan. Moore and Cunningham are further enhancing relationships with governmental leaders, local emergency managers, and ordinary citizens, and developing coursework focusing on scientific and cultural background along with policy creation and implementation.

  • Lori Watson (Chemistry) and collaborators at other institutions including Hope and Reed Colleges received a four-year, $437,962 grant from the National Science Foundation in August 2012 to further the work of the Interactive Online Network of Inorganic Chemists (IONiC). The current grant expands the network’s website and social networking hub and funds four week-long summer workshops and ancillary activities that introduce faculty to cutting-edge topics in several subfields of inorganic chemistry, develop at least 100 high quality teaching resources in conjunction with research experts, and disseminate these materials to the global inorganic teaching community.

  • In June 2012 Earlham College received a $525,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to continue development of its Middle East Studies Program and broaden internationalization on campus and in the curriculum. The grant strengthens instruction in Middle East history and the Arabic language and supports joint faculty-student research activity.

  • In March 2012 the National Science Foundation awarded Christopher Smith (Biology), Peter Blair (Biology), Charlie Peck (Computer Science) and colleagues at Indiana University-East a $168,739 grant for their project, “Using metagenomics to realize an education partnership and stimulate curriculum development.” The project has engaged students at both institutions in collecting soil samples from farm fields around Richmond, Indiana and from the soil under the receding edges of glaciers in Iceland. Students have been helping to extract DNA from the samples that is then processed, sequenced, and analyzed. In addition, curriculum modules in metagenomics based on these data sets are being built and tested at Earlham.

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