Recent Grants

  • Gao Hong, Gao Hong and pipaSenior Lecturer in Chinese Musical Instruments and Director of the Carleton Chinese Music Ensemble, along with three Carleton students, received a fellowship from the ASIANetwork’s Freeman Student-Faculty Fellows (SFF) Program. Centered on a research trip to China, the project will document how musicians in the city of Quanzhou maintain and preserve nanyin, a genre of Chinese classical music local to the Fujian province. Working with Gao, the three student participants – Gus Holley ’20, Lia Spencer ’18, and Yiqing Yu ’21 – will improve their Chinese language skills, further develop their musical abilities, transcribe music, interview the local people working to preserve nanyin, and develop a website to document the project.

  • Ryan Terrien, Ryan TerrienAssistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy, has received a subaward from Pennsylvania State University (PSU) for the Heising-Simons Foundation-supported project “Towards Tranquil Terrestrial Worlds Orbiting Tiny, Turbulent Stars: Next-Generation Algorithms to Reveal Nearby ExoEarths Using Near-Infrared Doppler Spectroscopy.” In summer 2018, Prof. Terrien will work with undergraduate researchers to help improve the precision of analysis techniques that are being used to search for exoplanets orbiting nearby red dwarf stars.

  • Cecilia M. Cornejo,Cecilia Cornejo Instructor in Cinema and Media Studies, has been awarded a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative grant to complete Ways of Being Home, the second in a trilogy of films that traces the experience of marginalized communities in Northfield. In collaboration with members of the Mexican community of Northfield, MSAB logoCornejo will complete a poetic documentary that examines issues of displacement, belonging, and resilience from their perspective. Community members will contribute to the making of the film by sharing their personal experiences, performing technical roles during the shooting process, creating the film’s soundtrack, NEA logoand offering their feedback at three screenings of the work in progress, actively shaping the final film.

  • Juliane B. Shibata,Juliane Shibata who has been a visiting assistant professor in ceramics, received a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Visual Arts grant to create three new installations that integrate living flowers with her ceramic ones. She will unite floriography, a language of flowers that has traditionally been rooted in the female experience, with her ceramic practice to produce works that combine specific cultural and historical themes in ways that widen Minnesota's artistic heritage. MSAB logoMSAB funds will also allow Shibata to professionally document her work and approach exhibition venues in Minnesota about displaying her installations.

  • Laurence Cooper, Laurence CooperProfessor of Political Science, has been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship to support work on a book-length study of Jean-Jacques Rousseau's crowning work, The Reveries of the Solitary Walker. Rousseau's Reveries articulate the meaning, requirements, and expressions of the philosophic life, a life that Rousseau deemed the most choiceworthy life for a human being but also a deeply problematic one. The most daunting demand of the philosophic life, and the focus of the Reveries' dramatic narrative, is the need to overcome certain fiercely held moral passions and prejudices. NEH logoThe provisional title of Cooper's book is Dreaming of Justice, Waking to Wisdom. Cooper's fellowship is one of just 74 awarded this year, only twelve of which went to faculty at liberal arts colleges. The NEH received approximately 1,100 applications.

  • Sarah Titus,Sarah Titus Associate Professor of Geology, has received an Undergraduate Research grant from the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund. Her project, “Making laboratory deformation bands in sandstones for comparison with natural field data from the San Andreas fault system,” will enable the interpretation of some enigmatic small-scale faults from central California. The three-year grant will support Prof. Titus and six Carleton students, with undergraduate researchers participating in field work in California and laboratory deformation experiments with a colleague at Rice University.

  • Kimberly Smith, Kimberly SmithProfessor of Environmental Studies and Political Science, has been awarded a William Nelson Cromwell Foundation Grant to support archival research for her book project “The Conservation Constitution: The Conservation Movement and Constitutional Change, 1870-1930.” Professor Smith’s book examines the impact of the Progressive Era conservation movement on constitutional doctrine, explaining the role of the judiciary in creating the constitutional foundations of the modern environmental regulatory regime.

  • Matt Whited, Matt WhitedAssociate Professor of Chemistry, has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to conduct a “Chemistry Early Career Investigator Workshop” (NSF#1762479). This two-day event near NSF headquarters, organized with Gordana Dukovic at University of Colorado-Boulder, will provide early career chemists with opportunities to network with: each other, funded mid-career NSF researchers from a variety of institutions, and program officers from NSF CHE and other organizations supporting chemistry research.

  • Deborah Gross, Deborah GrossProfessor of Chemistry, and Tsegaye Nega, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies, have received a "U.S.-Ethiopian University Linkages Seed Grant" from the American embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Working with colleagues at Addis Ababa University (AAU), Prof. Gross and Prof. Nega will develop an environmental-science course that will be taught simultaneously to both Carleton undergraduates and AAU master's students.

    Professor Tsegaye NegaThis collaborative project "A Student-Centered Educational Collaboration Focusing on Sustainable Environments: Carleton College and Addis Ababa University Linkage" is an innovative effort to foster pedagogical connections between a liberal arts college and a foreign research university. Gross and Nega hope that the pilot project will serve as a basis for equipping a new generation of students (and professionals) to confront the interconnected ecological and social issues underpinning environmental crises, especially in developing countries like Ethiopia. The project will also cultivate future collaborations between Carleton and AAU, with individual classes, with academic departments and programs, or with off-campus study opportunities.

  • Carleton CollegeTournees Festival image will again host the Tournées French Film Festival, bringing six acclaimed contemporary French films to the campus and the Northfield community. The films, in French with English subtitles, will be screened on Monday evenings at 7 p.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity Cinema, from September 18 through October 23. Partnering with FACE (French American Cultural Exchange), the Tournées French Film Festival is designed to bring the best of contemporary French cinema to American college and university campuses. For the listing of the films, see Carleton's press release, and for trailers of the featured films visit the Film Festival page.

  • The Susannah Ottaway 2017Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded a grant of $800,000 to Carleton for the four-year project Public Works: Providing Authentic Experience with Difference in the Arts and Humanities. 

    As Carleton continues to advance its strategic goals, including preparing students for fulfilling post-graduate lives and careers, the Public Works project will provide faculty with crucial resources and opportunities in the arts and humanities. Engaging in on-campus and off-campus collaborations, and developing digital skills in meaningful public prKelly Connole 2017ojects, students will be receiving valuable training for twenty-first century careers. The project will fully support the College’s objectives of increasing the number of opportunities for student-faculty research and providing students with pathways for utilizing the liberal arts in “life after Carleton.” Directors of the project are Susannah Ottaway, professor of history, and Kelly Connole, associate professor of art. Read more in the Press Release.

  • Great Lakes Dash grant imageCarleton has received a two-year, $168,000 Dash Emergency Grant from Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation & Affiliates, affording the College more resources to provide crucial emergency grants to our students in times of greatest need. Learn more about the grant.