Recent Grants

  • 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 is pleased to once 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 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 here.

  • 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.

  • Anna Rafferty, Anna RaffertyAssistant Professor of Computer Science, was the recipient of a Schloss Dagstuhl – NSF Support Grant to attend and present her research at a seminar in Germany. Financed by National Science Foundation CNS-1257011, her grant covered travel and accommodations for the Machine Learning and Formal Methods seminar held August 27-September 1, 2017.

  • On AuFred Rogersgust 11,

    Fred Rogers, Vice President and Treasurer,

    Paula Lackie, Academic Technologist, and

    Andy Christensen, Assistant Director of Disability Services, 

    were named to the Fulbright Specialist Roster. Paula Lackie

    Host institutions in over 150 countries around the world review the roster for American Specialists who can serve as short-term consultants - ranging from two to six weeks in duration - on curriculum, faculty development, and institutional planning projects.Andy Christensen Rogers, Lackie, and Christensen will remain on the roster until August 2020.

  • Pamela Feldman-Savelsberg,Pamela Feldman-Savelsberg Broom Professor of Social Demography and Anthropology and Director of Africana Studies, has been awarded a STIAS (Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study) Fellowship for her project “Rethinking Immigrant Integration in a Mass-Migration Era: Migrant Families in Comparative Perspective.” As a visiting scholar in residence in Stellenbosch, South Africa, Prof. Feldman-Savelsberg will study transnational family obligations and belonging.

  • Our 2016 base camp in Nunatak Fjord near Yakutat, Alaska.

    Cam Davidson, Professor of Geology, has been awarded a National Science Foundation Tectonics grant (#1727991) for a collaborative four-year project onCam Davidson Alaskan geology with John Garver at Union College. Their project “Collaborative Research: RUI: Translation and Accretion of the Yakutat Microplate and Prince William Terrane, Alaska” will further their study of the geology of southern Alaska, and involves training of ~25 undergraduate students.

  • Clint Cowan, Clint CowanProfessor and Chair of Geology, has been named the Visiting Faculty Director of the Associated Colleges of the Midwest’s “Sciences, Global Health and Interdisciplinary Studies” off-campus study program at Amsterdam's Vrije Universiteit in fall 2018. Drawing on Prof. Cowan’s extensive experience with OCS programs (and five years at Koninklijke Shell Exploratie en Produktie Laboratorium in the Hague), his responsibilities will include teaching an interdisciplinary honors course and advising students’ independent research projects.