College earns grants: Civil War teacher workshops, student-faculty research

The National Endowment for the Humanities and National Institutes of Health provide nearly $500,000 in funding.

Gettysburg College was recently awarded two grants that will both bring K-12 teachers to the College and battlefield to learn more about the Civil War and benefit student-faculty research in psychology.

NEH’s Landmarks of American History and Culture program grant

Gettysburg College recently received a $169,341 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Landmarks of American History and Culture program. With the funds, the College will run two weeklong workshops in the summer of 2014 for a total of eighty schoolteachers from across the country on the Battle of Gettysburg and its legacy.

Battlefield groupThe “On Hallowed Ground: Gettysburg in History & Memory” workshops will take place at the College and on the battlefields of the Gettysburg National Military Park during June and July.

Participants will visit a number of key historic sites, and each day, these site visits will be paired with classroom sessions and workshop reading discussions designed to highlight various Civil War narratives and aspects of the Gettysburg story, creating a holistic experience that encourages participants to think critically about history, storytelling, and memory.

Workshop participants will receive teaching credits for their work, have the opportunity to tour Musselman Library’s Special Collections, and help contribute to a website with conference materials, lesson-plan sharing, and other pedagogical ideas about teaching history.

NEH“This grant provides us with another opportunity to show people who may not know much about the College what we're all about. Getting teachers here is part of that—they'll get to spend time on campus learning about a crucially important topic that's taught in every school in America—but this is also very much about the experience they take home with them as well,” said education Prof. Dave Powell, who worked on the grant proposal and will be a member of the workshops’ faculty. “Every teacher that comes here will go home to classrooms full of students, many of whom will eventually find themselves looking for a place to go to College. We're planning to give those teachers an experience that provides their students a thousand reasons to think about coming to Gettysburg.”

Faculty for the workshop will include Gettysburg College’s Powell (education), Allen Guelzo (Civil War Era Studies), Scott Hancock (history and Africana studies), and individuals from other institutions and organizations.

"On Hallowed Ground: Gettysburg in History & Memory" is being made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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National Institute of Mental Health and NIH AREA program grant

The National Institute Of Mental Health of the National Institutes of Health recently awarded a grant to support psychology Prof. Steve Siviy’s research over three years. The $298,480 grant, funded through the NIH Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) program, will support his research project on early experiences, oxytocin, and dysfunctional play of the Fischer 344 rat.

SiviyThe NIH AREA program supports small-scale research projects in the biomedical and behavioral sciences conducted by faculty and students at educational institutions that have not been major recipients of NIH research grant funds.

Major features of the grant include funding faculty-mentored lab research with Gettysburg College students, both in the lab on campus and at Utrecht University in the Netherlands, where Siviy spent a recent sabbatical. Funds from the grant will also be used to upgrade behavioral observation software, add new equipment, and support student research assistants during the academic year and summer.

“The students that are working on the project will gain considerable experience in doing behavioral neuroscience research. For students interested in pursuing graduate study in science, this type of experience is almost a necessity for getting into a good graduate program,” said Siviy.

NIH AREA program grants are highly competitive. In 2012, less than a quarter of proposals for AREA grants submitted to NIMH were funded.

Founded in 1832, Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with a strong academic tradition that includes Rhodes Scholars, a Nobel laureate and other distinguished scholars among its alumni. The college enrolls 2,600 undergraduate students and is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.

Contact: Nikki Rhoads, senior assistant director of communications, 717.337.6803

Posted: Fri, 4 Oct 2013

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