Recent Grants

  • Matt Whited,Matt Whited Assistant Professor of Chemistry, has been awarded a prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER grant for a five-year project entitled "Cooperative Small-Molecule Activation by Ambiphilic Pincer-Type Complexes Featuring Metal/Main-Group Bonds." His project, involving as many as 23 undergraduate researchers, seeks to develop new approaches to difficult chemical transformations such as selective oxidation of hydrocarbons and reduction of carbon dioxide to chemical feedstocks, with the goal of extending these reactions to earth-abundant and sustainable metal catalysts.

    Professor Whited will meet the CAREER program's mandate that his research have a broad social impact by continuing development and assessment of course-based undergraduate research experiences. He will also be expanding an outreach effort to bring Northfield and Faribault, Minnesota high-school students, including many who belong to groups that are underrepresented in post-secondary education, into Carleton chemistry laboratories.

  • Asuka Sango,Asuka Sango Associate Professor of Religion, has been awarded a Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for her project “Debate in the Buddhist Monasteries of Medieval Japan.” With this year-long support, she will complete research and finish final preparations of her book on the role played by Buddhist debate in shaping the intellectual, religious, and cultural contours of Japan from the 11th to 16th centuries.

  • Rini Y. Keagy, Rini KeagyVisiting Assistant Professor of Cinema and Media Studies, has been awarded a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant in media arts to complete post-production of Ordinal, a film about valley fever, a fungal disease that afflicts California's Central Valley. Combining literature such as Steinbeck's Grapes of Wrath and ancient Assyrian myth, the film uses documentary, fictional, and animation techniques to explore biological and environmental forces affecting humans and Earth. Screenings will take place in Northfield and the Twin Cities.

  • Cecilia Cornejo, Cecilia CornejoVisiting Assistant Professor of Cinema and Media Studies, received a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant to complete pre-production on her new film. The project explores issues of displacement and belonging as experienced by the Latino community of Northfield, Minnesota. The finished work will combine elements of fiction with documentary techniques to present a nuanced vision of reality from a Latino perspective.

  • David Musicant,David Musicant Professor of Computer Science, was awarded an ACM-SIGCSE (Association for Computing Machinery Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education) Special Projects Grant to fund student research on his project "Git for People Who Actually Want to Learn Git."

  • Gao Hong, Gao HongSenior Lecturer in Chinese Musical Instruments and Director of the Carleton Chinese Music Ensemble, has been awarded an Artist Initiative grant and an Arts Tour Minnesota grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. Hong will produce and perform Storytelling in Chinese Music from the Ancient Past to Modern Times in seven greater Minnesota communities.

  • Cindy BlahaCindy Blaha, Professor of Physics and Astronomy, has just received an NSF grant to work with four collaborators to institutionalize a mentoring program for female physics faculty. Operating under the auspices of the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) and directed by a team that also includes lead PI Beth Cunningham and co-PIs Anne Cox from Eckerd College, Barbara Whitten from Colorado College, and Idalia Ramos from the University of Puerto Rico at Humacao, the "Mutual Mentoring to Combat Isolation in Physics" project will use a combination of face-to-face meetings and electronic connections to reduce the isolation of participating physicists and to support their career development. As many as 50 women physics faculty members will participate in the mutual mentoring alliances supported by this project.

  • David Tompkins, David TompkinsAssociate Professor of History, has been awarded two grants to do research in Germany and Poland for his new book project "The Construction and Reception of Friends and Enemies during the Cold War: Images of Israel, China, and Yugoslavia in the Soviet Bloc." With a 3-month research grant from the DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst Dienst, German Academic Exchange Service) and a 13-month research fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, David will investigate changes in the ways that Soviet bloc countries understood Israel, China, and Yugoslavia during the Cold War, and analyze how those changes challenged communist self-understanding.

  • Stephie Fried, Stephie FriedAssistant Professor of Economics, has received a subaward from the University of California-San Diego for the project “Rural Electrification and Internal Migration in the Developing World” funded by the London School of Economics International Growth Centre (IGC). As coPI, Professor Fried, with PI David Lagakos, will compile a village-level dataset for Ethiopian villages, aiming to provide guidance to developing-country policy makers on optimal patterns of – and governmental spending on – electrification across rural regions.

  • Gao Hong, Gao HongSenior Lecturer in Chinese Musical Instruments, has been awarded a Minnesota State Arts Board Arts Learning Grant, to present a five-day residency at four schools: Arcadia Charter (Northfield), Nerstrand Elementary, Farmington Elementary, and Prairie Creek Community School (Castle Rock) during the 2015-2016 academic year.

  • Helen WongHelen Wong, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, has been awarded a $160,048 grant from the National Science Foundation for her project “RUI: Skeins on Surfaces.” Her project explores the extent to which the Kauffman skein algebra of a surface can serve as intermediary between quantum topology and hyperbolic geometry, and seeks to characterize knots and other topologically complex structures that can occur in DNA and proteins. As many as ten undergraduate researchers will participate in the research. Learn more about Wong’s research.

  • Matt Whited, Matt WhitedAssistant Professor of Chemistry, has received an Undergraduate Research grant from the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund. His project, “Stoichiometric and Catalytic Nitrene-Group-Transfer Reactions from Late-Metal Silylamides,” will explore versatile metal-catalyzed routes to forming carbon–nitrogen bonds that are ubiquitous in pharmaceuticals and commodity chemicals. The grant will support the PI and seven Carleton students in performing this cutting-edge research. Read more about the Whited lab here.