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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:

  • 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.
  • Associate Professor of Physics Michael Lerner received a $12,500 Burroughs Wellcome Fund Collaborative Research Travel Grant to cover living expenses while he is completing immersive training in cancer biology and computational oncology with colleagues at Johns Hopkins University during the 2019-2020 academic year.
  • 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.
  • The Great Lake College Association (GLCA) is supplying Composition Instructor and Jazz Ensemble Director Pavel Polanco-Safadit $1,670 to study Latin Jazz and the Essence of Clave in Japan on a summer 2019 trip to the country.
  • An award of $45,000 from the Great Lake College Association (GLCA) Grand Challenge will support a summer 2020 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 Center for Career and Community Engagement received supplemental funds from the Freeman Foundation to support a total of 15 summer 2019 student internship experiences in East and Southeast Asia. These funds, secured by Caitlin Fleenor, Director of Employer Relations, and Jay Roberts, Associate VP of Academic Affairs, are in addition to a prior $100,000 award to support internships for summers 2018 and 2019.
  • Through the Great Lake College Association (GLCA) Global Crossroads Initiative, faculty at Earlham and DePauw University will engage in collaborative discussions between disciplines and across campuses to create faculty development opportunities for pedagogical innovations that connect classroom theory with applied skills. Led by the Director of the Environmental Leadership Program Jamey Pavey, funds ($9,932) will support travel to visit local campus farms. This is envisioned as Phase I of longer-term collaboration.
  • Outreach Coordinator Lisa Butch and Julia Freeman ’19 were awarded a National Informal STEM Education (NISE) Network 2019 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 will use the educational materials to host a celebration of Global Astronomy Month in April 2019.
  • 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.
  • The Stamm Koechlein Family Foundation awarded a $16,000 grant to Earlham’s Joseph Moore Museum to support the museum's community outreach efforts.
  • The Ball Venture Fund through the Independent Colleges of Indiana provided Jamey Pavey, Tony Noble, and the Miller Farm program $9,000 to purchase a two-wheel tractor and build a small outdoor kitchen on the farm. Both efforts are geared to help the farm become more financially sustainable through improved yields and to further Earlham-Richmond collaborations, such as farm night dinners, composting, and community gardening.
  • Karen Mager, assistant professor of environmental sustainability negotiated a contract with the Yukon Government to assist with caribou conservation efforts by providing genetic testing on collected samples. The lab processing and data analysis were conducted by Karen and a team of three students as part of a summer collaborative research project.
  • Michelle Tong, assistant professor of psychology and neuroscience, was awarded a $2,694 Senior Research Grant from the Indiana Academy of Science in April 2018. The grant will support her student-faculty collaborative research, which will investigate the role of perineuronal nets in the reduction and interference of long-term olfactory memories.
  • The National Endowment for the Humanities awarded Earlham’s Joseph Moore Museum $4,621 through their Preservation Assistance Grant for Smaller Institutions program. The funding will allow them to bring in an expert who can recommend conservation treatments as well as a design for an improved, climate-controlled case for our mummy, Lady Ta'an.
  • 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 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.
  • 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, professor of 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.


Last update August 23, 2019.



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