Recent Grants

  • Katie RyorThe Henry Luce Foundation has awarded a $50,000 grant to Carleton in support of interdisciplinary study of Asia and the environment. The grant, awarded by the Luce Initiative on Asian Studies and the Environment (LIASE), will enable faculty to identify and develop an array of courses, themes, resources, and collaborations related to the study of Asia and the environment across the curriculum. The goal of the project is to begin training a generation of students who are equipped not only with knowledge of local conditions, languages, history, and culture but also an ability to work on complex environmental challenges. Project Director Professor Kathleen Ryor will coordinate key faculty in Asian Studies, Environment and Technology Studies (ENTS), and the sciences as they conduct the project both on-campus and off-campus, in cooperation with Asian partners. 


  • Susan Susan Jaret McKinstryJaret McKinstry, Helen F. Lewis Professor of English and Associate Director of the Digital Humanities, has been approved to join the Fulbright Scholar Specialist Roster in the field of Communication/Media Studies. The program enables U.S. faculty and professionals to engage in short-term collaborative projects - focusing on strengthening and developing higher education institutions - with universities overseas.

  • Susan Singer, Susan SingerLaurence McKinley Gould Professor of the Natural Sciences, continues her IPA (Intergovernmental Personnel Act) assignment, that began in 2013, as Director of the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Undergraduate Education (DUE) Division. As director of DUE, Susan supports the division’s mission of promoting excellence in undergraduate STEM education. Her responsibilities with DUE – a division of the Directorate for Education and Human Resources – entail a grant-funded leave from her Carleton responsibilities for the term of her appointment at NSF.

  • Marty BaylorMarty Baylor, Assistant Professor of Physics, has been granted a prestigious Single-Investigator Cottrell College Science Award from the Research Corporation for Scientific Advancement for her project “Optimization of Index Contrast in Diffusive Photopolymers Able to Create Waveguides and Fluid Channels in Optofluidic Devices.” The award will move Prof. Baylor closer to her goal of creating 3-D, portable devices for optical sensor applications. The grant will also support undergraduate researchers to assist in building apparatus, acquiring data, analyzing results, and devising future experiments.

  • Laska JimsenLaska Jimsen, Assistant Professor of Cinema and Media Studies, recently was awarded an Artist Initiative grant in Visual Arts from the Minnesota State Arts Board to support completion of the experimental 16mm film “Circles & Arrows, Matrices & Trees.” She will screen cuts of the film at colleges, universities, and arts centers; and conduct workshops on the photochemical process of 16mm hand processing.

  • In June 2014, Trish Ferrett, Professor of Chemistry, Nancy Braker, Lecturer in Biology and Director of the Cowling Arboretum, and Ross Elfline, Assistant Professor of Art History, will participate in the Associated Colleges of the Midwest's (ACM) SAIL (Seminars in Advanced Interdisciplinary Learning) Contested Spaces Seminar in Colorado, “Developing Environmental Stewardship through Immersive Experiences in Contested Spaces: Collaboration and Learning Across Boundaries." They aim to create curricular materials on environmental stewardship at and beyond Carleton.

    Trish Ferrett  Nancy Braker Ross Elfline

  • Dr. Benjamin E. MaysThe Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded Carleton College a grant of $420,000 to continue the College's Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship program. The Foundation created the Mellon Mays program to foster the undergraduate and graduate educations of talented students belonging to populations that have historically been underrepresented in the American humanities professoriate. Carleton's grant will provide academic-year and summer stipends to up to 20 undergraduate Fellows who will work on humanities education, research, and training. Participants will be chosen through a competitive process designed to identify students who are passionately interested in pursuing a career in higher education. Now in its 25th year at Carleton, the Mellon Mays program focuses specifically on Fellows' later years at college, preparing them for graduate school and beyond by supporting rigorous advanced independent research.

  • Arjendu PattanayakArjendu Pattanayak, Professor of Physics, has been named a KITP Scholar for 2014-2016 by the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics (KITP) at the University of California, Santa Barbara. This award funds travel to KITP for a total of six weeks over the next three years to work on and discuss theoretical physics with those in residence at the Kavli Institute.

  • Poskanzer & AndersonThe Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded Carleton College and St. Olaf College a $1.4 million grant to support the four-year project—Broadening the Bridge: Leading Carleton and St. Olaf Colleges into a More Collaborative Future—to advance collaboration in library services, information technology, management operations, and academic programs.

    Building on efforts that began in 2012 with a planning grant from the Foundation, the institutions can now implement plans to strengthen liberal arts learning and teaching in ways that each college could not accomplish individually, and collaborate to reduce current costs or contain cost growth. Read more at this Carleton News post.

  • Dana Strand, Dana StrandAndrew W. Mellon Professor of French and the Humanities, has received funding from The Tournées Festival program of FACE (French American Cultural Exchange) to show five French films in February 2014 as a part of a larger international film festival at Carleton during winter and spring terms 2014. The screenings in Carleton’s Weitz Center for Creativity 250-seat cinema will be open to the larger community and will also be woven into language, literature, and cinema and media studies courses.

    The Tournées Festival is made possible with the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the US and the Centre National de la Cinématographie et de l’Image Animée, along with the Florence Gould Foundation, Campus France USA, and highbrow entertainment.

  • GGao Hong Diceao Hong, Lecturer in Chinese Musical Instruments, recently received an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board to support her creation of the first-ever Double Concerto for Pipa and Violin with Symphony Orchestra to be performed with the Minneapolis Pops Orchestra and Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra.

  • Gretchen HofmeisterGretchen Hofmeister, Professor of Chemistry, has been awarded a Petroleum Research Fund (PRF) grant of $65,000 for her project “Transition State Analogues as Mechanistic Probes for Asymmetric Desymmetrization by Cinchona Alkaloid-Based Catalysts.” Professor Hofmeister’s research aims to evaluate reactions and test computational models, enabling rational design of improved catalysts. Funding supports a total of eight undergraduate researchers over three summers and involves collaboration with Professors David Alberg and Daniela Kohen at Carleton, and Professor Keith Kuwata of Macalester College.