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Institutional Grant Profiles

Swarthmore's Institutional Relations (IR) office assists faculty and administration apply for grants that support institutional priorities, "especially those that align with President Smith's vision for the future of Swarthmore College". These grant proposals usually represent a collaborative effort that reflects the interests and goals of many parts of the College.

Below you will find profiles of grant-funded projects that are in progress as of the current fiscal year (July 1 through June 30).

View the profiles of past grant-funded projects.

Frances Velay Women's Summer Research Fellowship Program

Donor: The Panaphil and Uphill Foundations

Project Directors: Thomas A. Stephenson, Provost and James H. Hammons Professor of Chemistry; Janet Talvacchia, Professor of Mathematics and Former Chair of Division of Natural Sciences and Engineering
Award Date: February 2016

Swarthmore received an inaugural grant from the Panaphil and Uphill Foundations to support the Frances Velay Women’s Science Research Fellowship Program. This funding provides Swarthmore with ten summer fellowships annually for three years (2016–18). Foundation support will encourage and support women’s leadership in the sciences by offering women undergraduates the opportunity to develop and direct summer research projects that will prepare them for graduate study and professional careers in science fields. This program was created to honor the memory of longtime Philadelphia resident Frances A. Velay (1914–2007) who earned an M.S. in Chemistry from NYU in 1947.

Velay award recipient Sooyun Choi '17 sets up a reaction in professor Bob Paley's Organic Synthesis Research Lab in the Science Center on the campus of Swarthmore College on Monday, July 11, 2016, in Swarthmore, Pa.

Building Digital Tools to support endangered languages and preserve environmental knowledge in Mexico, Micronesia, and Navajo Na

Donor: National Science Foundation

Project Directors: K. David Harrison, Professor and Chair of Linguistics; Theodore Fernald, Professor of Linguistics; Brook Lillehaugen, Assistant Professor of Tri-College Linguistics

Award Date: 12/5/2014

The project facilitates collaborative research between indigenous linguists in the US academic community, Mexico, Micronesia, and the Navajo Nation. The project begins with a two-week intensive, hands-on training session. Students learn directly from professional linguists and indigenous language experts how to modernize, digitize, and expand endangered languages into new technological domains. In weeks three and four, students work in teams led by indigenous language experts to record basic and specialized lexica, folk taxonomies, toponyms, and ethno-biological nomenclature. They document the knowledge base in each language and learn current best practices in sustaining indigenous languages and supporting global language diversity.

Project Period: 5/1/2015 - 4/30/2018