Recent Grants, Academics | Earlham College

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:

  • Earlham College, Kenyon College, The College of Wooster and Ohio Wesleyan University designed a collaborative Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) that will allow our students to conduct neuroscience research alongside undergraduates from other national institutions. Participating students will conduct original research and attend biweekly consortium meetings to share their research with students and faculty at the collaborating institutions. Bob Rosenberg, professor of biology, and Beth Mechlin, assistant professor of psychology, secured a $85,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to host this collaborative neuroscience REU at Earlham during the 2016, 2017, and 2018 summers.
  • The Richmond Rotary Club awarded Heather Lerner and the Joseph Moore Museum a $1,500 grant to help the museum expand their interactive science and nature education offerings.
  • The Joseph Moore Museum received a $1,200 grant to host a forum about synthetic biology entitled "Should We Edit the Genome? When,  Why, and How Much?" on Thursday, September 24, 2016. Professors Heather Lerner, Chris Smith, Emi Smith and Wendy Tori will participate in the Museum of Science sponsored Building with Biology forum focused on the ethics of synthetic biology.
  • Chris Smith, associate professor of biology, was awarded a $2,979 Senior Research Grant from the Indiana Academy of Science in April 2016. The grant supports his faculty-student collaborative summer research, which hopes to gain insight into the process of gene co-option by examining when, during development, the Osiris gene cluster is expressed in different insect species.
  • A $40,000 award from the ASIANetwork Freeman Fellowship Program will send six Earlham students with Rajaram Krishnan, professor of economics, and Peng Yu, assistant professor of politics, to investigate connections between China’s family planning and internal migration policies in China in summer 2016.
  • Earlham’s Joseph Moore Museum received a $14,000 grant from the Stamm Koechlein Family Foundation in July 2015 to expand educational outreach and programming.
  • In June 2015 the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded Earlham a four-year, $500,000 grant to support Chinese Studies. The grant will fund the continuation of Chinese language instruction, extensive faculty development both on campus and in China, targeted curricular development, creation of a study-abroad program, and special events and visiting scholars.
  • Robert Rosenberg, professor of biology, received a $12,000 Collaborative Research Travel Grant in June 2015 from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. With this support Rosenberg will spend a portion of his upcoming sabbatical in a laboratory at the National Institutes of Health in Rockville, Maryland, expanding his expertise into molecular dynamics. As a result he will be able to provide increased opportunities for undergraduate research in both computational and experimental biology.
  • Earlham received a $192,500 grant from the Freeman Foundation's East Asia Internship Program in December 2015. The grant will support student internship opportunities in companies and non-profit organizations in Japan, Thailand, South Korea, China, and Singapore during the summers of 2016 and 2017.
  • 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 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.
  • Earlham was awarded $1.1 million from the U.S. Department of Education beginning October 2013 to further develop the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program over a five-year period. The McNair program began at Earlham in 2009 and prepares low-income, first generation and underrepresented students for graduate study by providing programming and research opportunities.
  • 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.
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