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Check out these recent articles about grant-funded research and initiatives at Bates from the Bates Communications team!


May-June 2016

In this issue:

  • Davis Educational Foundation Supports Academic Resource Commons with 3 Year, $223K Grant
  • Will Ambrose to Remain an Additional Year at NSF
  • Elizabeth Rush Mueller Wins Howard Foundation Fellowship

Davis Educational Foundation Supports Academic Resource Commons with 3 Year, $223K Grant

The new Academic Resource Commons (ARC) has received a 3 year grant of $74,512 per year from the Davis Educational Foundation. The grant will enable the Academic Resource Commons to hire Student Resource Representatives, Peer Tutors, Student Managers, and Supplemental Instruction Leaders, and to double the hours of professional staff managing the Supplemental Instruction program, also known as PALS. The grant forms part of an overall half-million dollar project that will launch the ARC as a program offering comprehensive, high-quality, student-run and student-focused academic support services, centralized in Ladd Library. Congratulations to ARC Director Daniel Sanford on securing this valuable support!

Will Ambrose to Remain an Additional Year at NSF

Prof. William Ambrose (Biology) will be remaining an additional year at the National Science Foundation as Program Director for the Arctic Observing Network. We look forward to his return to Bates in the fall of 2017 and the insider’s insights he has gained from his time at NSF!

Elizabeth Rush Mueller Wins Fellowship from Howard Foundation

The George A. and Eliza Howard Foundation awards a limited number of fellowships each year for independent projects in selected fields, targeting its support specifically to early mid-career individuals who have achieved recognition for at least one major project. Nine fellowships of $33,000 were awarded in April 2016 for in the fields of Creative Non-Fiction, Literary Translation into English, Film Studies, and Literary Studies. In Creative Non-Fiction, one of these was to Elizabeth Rush Mueller, Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in the Humanities and Lecturer in English at Bates. Howard Fellowships are intended primarily to provide artists, scholars, and writers with time to complete their work. Fellowships are offered in a five-year sequence of fields, so successful candidates are given the option of postponing receipt of their fellowship, so as to make the Howard competition accessible to those whose personal plans do not line up exactly with the year in which awards are offered in their fields. Elizabeth plans to postpone her Howard Fellowship to follow the completion of her Mellon Fellowship at Bates in 2017. For more information on the Howard Fellowship, please visit

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