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 Thomas L. Cline Foundation awarded a $14,000 grant to fully fund the installation of a state-of-the-art, infrared assisted listening system in the historic Majestic Theater.

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.

Creating Connections Consortium awarded a $210,000 grant for a new faculty position in Africana Studies.

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.

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 Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Foundation awarded a $50,000 grant to augment the existing Stabler Scholarship Fund that provides scholarships for students with leadership potential and financial need.

The Teagle Foundation approved a planning grant of $25,000 to Gettysburg College for the project “Civic Literacy at Gettysburg College.”


Faculty Grants

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 Burroughs Wellcome Fund awarded $13,125 to Luke Thompson for his research on the Development of SPR based immunosensors for monitoring IgA/Anti-IgA related anaphylactic transfusion reactions.

The Folke Bernadette Academy awarded Caroline Hartzell $37,285 for her workshop, “Research on Citizens in Peace Processes.”

Sarah Principato received a $6,000 Franklin Research Grant for her research “Analysis of cirques on the Faroe Islands: implications for paleoclimate.”

The Hadassah-Brandeis Institute Research awarded Kerry Wallach $5,000 for her project, “Rahel Szalit-Marcus, a Jewish Artist in Berlin and Paris.”

The Holocaust Educational Foundation of Northwestern University awarded a $4,000 Sharon Abramson Research Grant to Kerry Wallach.

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,  University of Arizona and Bigelow Marine Labs in Maine 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 $168,850 grant to Dave Powell to create a summer professional development program for school teachers, “Landmarks of American History and Culture: Workshops for School Teachers.”

The National Endowment for the Humanities awarded a $60,000 fellowship to Betsy Duquette for her research “A Biography of American Author Elizabeth Stuart Phelps (1844-1911)”

The National Endowment for the Humanities awarded a $48,698 grant to Jonathan Amith for his project “Mesolex: Lexicosemantic Resources for Mesoamerican Languages.”

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 Fogarty International Center of the National Institute of Health has awarded $8,046 to Dr. Megan Benka-Coker for her collaborative research on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the efforts to reduce charcoal energy consumption in Tanzania in order to increase cleaner energy.

The National Science Foundation awarded Dr. Timothy Funk a $129,656 grant for his research “RUI: CAS: Development of Iron Catalysts for Sustainable, Selective Oxidations and Reductions.”

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 $252,837 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.