Selected Grant-funded Projects at Allegheny

The following foundations have funded various projects at Allegheny College.

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Allegheny received a grant of $400,000 from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to launch a series of initiatives that will enhance the College’s curricular and co-curricular activities relative to the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). These initiatives grow out of and will strengthen Allegheny College’s commitment to international education. The grant will be used to provide support for development of new courses and curricular initiatives in the MENA area, for faculty development for instructors who teach courses dealing with MENA or who wish to develop such courses in the future, and for development of new study abroad opportunities in the Middle East and North Africa.
Contact: Glenn Holland, Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies and Bishop James Mills Thoburn Chair of Religious Studies

Sherman Fairchild Foundation
The Sherman Fairchild Foundation awarded Allegheny a grant of $487,613 to purchase major instruments for the natural science departments. The equipment–a liquid chromatography mass spectrometer, a gas chromatography mass spectrometer, a Raman spectrometer with microprobe and a scanning electron microscope (SEM) with X-ray probe–will be used for teaching and faculty-student research and will be shared among the departments of biology, chemistry, environmental science, geology, neuroscience and physics.
Contact: Ron Cole, Associate Professor of Geology

National Science Foundation
Allegheny was awarded a grant of $600,000 from the National Science Foundation’s Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S-STEM) program. The project will provide scholarships to high academic potential, financially needy students of color majoring in one of the natural sciences. Approximately 50 percent of the cost of the project will be covered by federal funds through the National Science Foundation grant.
Contact: Dan Willey, Professor of Physics, and Ron Cole, Associate Professor of Geology

Corporation for National and Community Service
Allegheny College, Edinboro University, Gannon University and Mercyhurst College are collaborating on an AmeriCorps VISTA project, sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service. This project partners 14 VISTAs (Volunteers in Service to America) with 14 social service agencies in Crawford and Erie counties that are dedicated to working with children and youth. These agencies match student volunteers with mentoring and tutoring programs that assist children and youth who are marginalized because of economic circumstances and insufficient support from families. The AmeriCorps VISTA project addresses the needs of underserved children and youth, building on the trust and good will already established between the colleges and the service partners. The VISTAs create new programs and improve the effectiveness of existing programs that use student volunteers in impacting children and youth in the region. An additional VISTA student serves as leader of the Crawford and Erie county efforts.
Contact: David Roncolato, Director of Community Service

Great Lakes Colleges Association
The following faculty received grants from the Great Lakes Colleges Association (GLCA) New Directions Initiative:

  • Dan Crozier, associate professor of communication arts/theater and Joshua Searle-White, associate professor of psychology, for “Embodiment and Narrative in the Classroom: A Proposal to Enhance Innovative Teaching Workshops.”
  • Jennifer Hellwarth, associate professor of English, and Ron Mumme, professor of biology, for “Development of an Interdisciplinary Course on the Cultural and Evolutionary History of Sexuality.”
  • Shannan Mattiace, associate professor of political science and chair of the international studies program, for “Yucatec Mayan immigrants in the U.S.: Identity and organization across the Americas.”
  • Eric Pallant, professor of environmental science, for “A Search for Bread in the Land of Rice: A professor of environmental sciences researches a sourdough starter smuggled from the GLCA to China.”
  • Susan Rankin, professor of biology and neuroscience, for “Regulation of Reproduction in an Insect.” Glen Wurst, professor emeritus of biology and biochemistry, will assist with the project.
  • Eric Boynton, associate professor of philosophy and religious studies, received a grant to support “Crossing the Disciplines: Faculty Growth through Integrative Teaching and Learning.” Also participating in the project are Lloyd Michaels, professor of English, Ron Cole, associate professor of geology, Ken Pinnow, associate professor of history, Steven Farrelly-Jackson, visiting associate professor of philosophy, Bill Bywater, professor of philosophy, Eleanor Weisman, assistant professor of dance and movement studies, Jeff Hollerman, associate professor of psychology and neuroscience, and Caryl Waggett, associate professor of environmental science.

In addition, Stephanie Martin, assistant professor of economics, and Aimee Knupsky, assistant professor of psychology, each received a grant from the GLCA Pathways to Learning Collegium. Martin was awarded a grant for “The Impacts of Economic Experiments in the Classroom on Student Interest in Economics.” Knupsky was awarded a grant for “Examining the testing effect with student-generated questions.”