Grant News

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


April 2017

In this issue:

  • Alden Trust Awards $150K to Bates for Updating Classrooms in Carnegie
  • Fellowship Successes: Bates Alumni Earn NSF Graduate Research Fellowships, Students RISE
  • Caroline Shaw Wins NEH Summer Stipend for “Beyond Sticks and Stones”

Alden Trust Awards $150K to Bates for Active Learning Classrooms in Carnegie

The George I. Alden Trust awarded $150,000 to Bates to be used to create two new active learning classrooms in Carnegie Hall. Chosen by the science faculty and the classroom committee, Carnegie 339 and 225 are in urgent need of refurbishing, they are well-sized for testing and piloting active learning, and they are not being heavily used. Each room will be renovated with different classroom furniture and technology, providing alternatives for faculty to test and refine their approaches to active learning. The classrooms will be ready for Fall 2017 classes in all disciplines. The classroom committee will be sharing plans and keeping faculty updated on construction throughout the summer. In order to promote this new model of teaching and learning across all academic disciplines and allow faculty to discover how to best use the new rooms, we will publish case studies through the Faculty Commons for Learning and Teaching, as well as host guest experts and provide brown bag lunch sessions to market and demonstrate a variety of teaching techniques that make use of the various room layouts.

Fellowship Successes: Bates Alumni Earn NSF Graduate Research Fellowships, & Students RISE

Two Bates graduates are among the 2000 current and prospective Ph.D. students who have been awarded fellowships this year through the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP). Phi Tan Nguyen, who graduated in 2013 with a major in Neuroscience, is enrolled in the Neuroscience Ph.D. program at the University of California – San Francisco. Caleb Randall Glassman, who graduated in 2014 with majors in Neuroscience and Biological Chemistry, is enrolled in the Immunology program at the Stanford University School of Medicine. GRFP recipients receive yearly stipends of $34,000 for up to five years of their graduate studies, plus a tuition allowance that is paid to their institution. For more information about the GRFP, please refer (or refer your students to) Congratulations to Phi and Caleb!

Bates students also continue to compete effectively for DAAD Rise Fellowships, which provide opportunities to conduct research at academic institutions in Germany. As of this date, we have learned that Deepsing Syangtan, a chemistry major in the Class of 2018, will be working on an organic synthesis project at the University of Ulm. For more information on this program, your students can visit Congratulations to Deepsing!

Watch this space for news about the Fulbrights…!

Caroline Shaw Receives NEH Summer Stipend for “Beyond Sticks and Stones”

Prof. Caroline Shaw (History) has received an NEH Summer Stipend award for her new book project, “Beyond Sticks and Stones: A Modern History of Reputation in Britain.” She receives a stipend of $6,000 for research she will conduct this summer. She is one of sixty-nine summer stipend recipients announced by NEH, and the only one in Maine. Congratulations Caroline!

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