Recent Awards

Institutional Grants

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded a Presidential Leadership grant of $150,000 to support initiatives to deepen students’ engagement with the humanities. This grant will be used to strengthen three significant academic experiences that connect to our new strategic plan: linked interdisciplinary courses that pair humanities faculty with faculty from other divisions; community-based learning pedagogy; and digital scholarship in the classroom.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded a grant to support faculty diversity initiatives in the humanities for $800,000. The grant will allow us to diversify the content and perspectives in our humanities departments and classrooms. Read more about how this grant will support faculty diversity initiatives.

The Councils of Independent Colleges (CIC) awarded a $6,000 grant to expand digital access to more of the fine arts collection, particularly three-dimensional Asian art.

The Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration awarded a $280,344 Garrett Lee Smith Campus Suicide Prevention grant to recognize and respond to students at risk, strengthen coalitions across campus, strengthen partnerships with external resources, build the capacity of Counseling Services to respond to increased demand, and create a template and schedule for sustaining ongoing efforts.

The FirstEnergy Foundation awarded a $2,790 grant to support two students at Gettysburg’s IT Camp.

The Hearst Foundations awarded a $100,000 scholarship grant to support five under-represented minority students with high financial need who come to Gettysburg College through our community-based organization pipeline.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association awarded a $444,952 grant to Dr. Kay Etheridge for her research investigating and controlling runoff in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed of Pennsylvania.

The National Science Foundation awarded a $112,136 MRI grant to Dr. Shelli Frey, Dr. Kate Buettner, Dr. Kurt Andresen, and Dr. Luke Thompson for the purchase of a circular dichroism spectropolarimeter. Read more about this research.

The National Science Foundation awarded a $605,609 S-STEM grant. The award funds scholarships and programming to three cohorts of students over three years with the focus on academically-promising underrepresented minority and first-generation students who demonstrate financial need and who plan to earn bachelor’s degrees in any of the following disciplines: Biology, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Math, and Physics. The grant is overseen by Dr. Istvan Urcuyo, Dr. Darren Glass, and Dr. Jacquelynne Milingo. Read more about the NSF grant.

PNC awarded a $7,500 grant to sponsor a 2-day “Startup Experience” workshop designed to inspire students to become change makers through high-impact entrepreneurship.

The Robert F. Schumann Foundation awarded a $9,550 grant to support Drone-based Active Learning in Environmental Science.

The Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Foundation awarded a $720,000 grant to augment the existing Stabler Scholarship Fund that provides scholarships for students with leadership potential and financial need.

The United States Department of Justice awarded a $299,093 Grant to Reduce Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking on Campus (Jeff Foster, Bill Lafferty and Jennifer McCary).


Faculty Grants

The American Council of Learned Societies awarded a Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowship for Recently Tenured Scholars to Dr. McKinley Melton for his project Claiming All the World as Our Stage: Contemporary Black Poetry, Performance, and Resistance.

The American-Scandinavian Foundation awarded a $5,000 grant to Dr. Shannon Egan in support of the exhibition Across the West and Toward the North: Norwegian and American Landscape Photography.

The John Templeton Foundation awarded a $55,099 grant to Dr. Brian Meier for his research of the role of metaphor in religious cognition.

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation awarded $1,031,671 to Dr. Ryan Kerney and his collaborators at Stony Brook University and Columbia University to support research of an endosymbiosis between embryos of the spotted salamander (Ambystoma maculatum) and an algal symbiont that lives inside its egg capsules (Oophila amblystomatis).

The National Endowment for the Humanities awarded a $74,875 Digital Humanities grant to Dr. Jonathan Amith, “Documenting the Ethnobiology of Mexico and Central America.”

The National Science Foundation awarded a $193,065 grant to Dr. Margaret E. Blume-Kohout for her project, entitled "Evaluating Impact of Student Debt on Early Career Choices."

The National Science Foundation awarded a $266,042 grant to Dr. Jennifer Powell for her project, entitled RUI: Integration of the Epithelial Innate Immune and Oxidative Stress Responses.

The National Science Foundation awarded a $6,000 conference grant for the “Mid-Atlantic Seminar on Numbers.” This project is under the direction of Dr. Darren Glass and Dr. Ricardo Conceicao, in collaboration with colleagues at Towson and James Madison Universities.

The National Science Foundation awarded a $105,000 grant to Dr. Sharon Stephenson to enhance participation of minority and undergraduate students in nuclear science using the Modular Neutron Array (MoNA) with collaborators at Wabash College, Augustana College, and Hampton University. Funding will enable the collaboration to have a full research program ready for the first beams of the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB).

The National Science Foundation awarded a $235,770 grant to Dr. Jonathan Amith to develop a software tool that will use previously transcribed Yoloxóchitl Mixtec speech data to both train a new generation of native speakers in practical orthography and to develop automatic speech recognition software.

The National Science Foundation awarded a $174,865 grant to Dr. Jonathan Amith to create an extensive written, audio, and photographic record of ethnobiological knowledge in Mixtec, Amuzgo, and Huave communities.

The National Science Foundation Division of Social and Economic Sciences awarded a $447,802 grant to Dr. Caroline Hartzell and her collaborators to better understand how power-sharing arrangements foster peace in the aftermath of civil war.

The United States World War I Centennial Commission awarded a $34,500 grant to Dr. Ian Isherwood, Amy Lucadamo, and R.C. Miessler for their World War I Digital Humanities project.

The W. Clyde and Ida Mae Thurman Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation awarded a $99,955 grant to Dr. Véronique Delesalle for her project “What genetic and ecological factors determine the evolutionary path of viral pathogens as they adapt to their bacterial hosts?”

The Wyeth Foundation for American Art awarded an $8,000 grant to Dr. Shannon Egan in support of the exhibition Across the West and Toward the North: Norwegian and American Landscape Photography.