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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:

  • The National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded Director of the Joseph Moore Museum and Associate Professor of Biology Heather Lerner a second Research Opportunity Award for the second part of her sabbatical. Heather and Alice Boyle of Kansas State University will analyze how climate, specifically rainfall, influences dispersal behavior in threatened grassland birds.
  • Caitlin Fleenor, Director of Career Education received $71,000 in supplemental funds from the Freeman Foundation to support student internship experiences in East and Southeast Asia. Freeman Foundation funding has allowed the Center for Career and Community Engagement to support 64 such internships since summer 2016.
  • Education and Outreach Coordinator Lisa Butch was awarded a National Informal STEM Education (NISE) Network 2020 Explore Science: Earth & Space physical toolkit to present earth and space science at the Joseph Moore Museum. In collaboration with Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy Seth Hopper, they hoped to use the educational materials to host a celebration of Global Astronomy Month in April.
  • The Vaughn-Jordan Foundation awarded Earlham two years of funding to support scholarships for students who are interested in the science of plants in honor of 1943 alumna Dr. Phyllis Petersen Vaughn.
  • Professor of Computer Science Charlie Peck and Assistant Professor of Biology Emmett Smith in collaboration with Icelandic archeologists are leading a multidisciplinary project funded by the National Geographic Society.
  • The Stamm Koechlein Family Foundation awarded a $12,000 grant to Earlham’s Joseph Moore Museum to support the museum's community outreach efforts.
  • Gene Hambrick, Director of the Center of Entrepreneurship and Innovation and Executive in Residence, received $18,500 from the Wayne County Foundation to launch the Earlham EPIC Grand Challenge during the 2019-2020 academic year. The competition will promote collaborative problem solving between students, employees, and the Richmond and Wayne County community to address local social and economic issues.
  • Director of the Joseph Moore Museum and Associate Professor of Biology Heather Lerner was awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Opportunity Award to serve as a fellow at NewKnowledge Organization during fall 2019. This collaboration will allow Heather to spend a portion of her sabbatical studying best practices in evaluation of informal STEM learning to facilitate museum program evaluation.
  • The PepsiCo Zero Impact Fund awarded Environmental Sustainability and Metz Dining Group $3,293 to introduce the use of reusable packaging materials and composting at Café 1847. Food waste will be composted at Miller Farm and used to improve soil health. This project is a response to a campus waste audit led by Jamey Pavey, Director of the Environmental Leadership Program, and the Student Sustainability Corps.
  • An award of $45,000 from the Great Lake College Association (GLCA) Grand Challenge will support a summer 2021 group trip to Earlham’s Southwest Border Studies Program for faculty from across the GLCA and an oral history research collaboration between Professor of Economics Rajaram Krishnan and a colleague at FLAME University in Pune India. The proposal was lead by Professor of English Kari Kalve.
  • Earlham was awarded $180,000 of International Innovation funds from the Great Lake College Association (GLCA) thanks to the efforts of Professor of English Kari Kalve. This is a two year professional development grant focused on improved internationalization of the campus, which will permit 24 faculty and staff to travel to Germany and locations in the global south as part of group trips. It also includes funds for EPIC Advantage exploratory trips for faculty to scout locations for future EPIC Advantage programs.
  • The National Science Foundation Professor Emeritus of Biology John Iverson and collaborators at Utah State University and Arizona State University a three-year grant to continue on-going iguana research, entitled “The interplay between host diet, immunity, reproduction, and the microbiome across an anthropogenic-disturbed landscape.” The subaward for John's efforts is $37,683.
  • The Joseph Moore Museum received $192,633 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to involve students in the digitization and improved storage of the museum's entomology collection. The digital catalog will be accessible to researchers and enthusiasts around the world and improvements to storage and organization will make the physical specimens easier to work with in both museum studies and biology courses. This effort builds upon the JMM's success with a 2014 IMLS grant to catalog and inventory their Mammal, Ornithology, and Herpetology collections and is a great way for the JMM to advance their goals to (1) provide transformative experiential learning opportunities, (2) inspire and support self-directed learning, and (3) record and elucidate environmental change.
  • Earlham was awarded a grant of $1.1 million over a five-year period from the U.S. Department of Education to continue our Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program. The McNair Program began at Earlham in 2009 and prepares students for graduate study by providing programming and research opportunities. The program serves low-income, first generation students and students from groups traditionally underrepresented in graduate education to promote diversity in the academia.
  • Lori Watson, associate professor of chemistry, and faculty researchers at Hope College, Lewis and Clark College, University of Michigan, The Claremont Colleges Keck Science Department, James Madison University, University of South Florida, Depauw University, Smith College, Harvey Mudd College, and Lafayette College secured a $1.1 million grant from the National Science Foundation to incorporate active-learning strategies in the classroom and assess faculty challenges in adopting such strategies for the teaching of inorganic chemistry.
  • Vince Punzo, professor of psychology, and Mike Deibel, professor of chemistry and co-director of the Center for Global Health secured a $97,607 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities through their Humanities Connection program. The funding supports the development of an Integrated Pathway in Medical Humanities.
  • 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.


Last update April 21, 2020.



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