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Fall/Winter 2010 (November 8, 2010 at 12:00 am)

Three Major Grants Come to Beloit in as Many Months


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November 8, 2010 at 12:00 pm

In a matter of three months, Beloit College received a $507,000 grant award from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support an innovative curricular initiative, a $349,688 National Science Foundation grant for improvements to the Logan Museum of Anthropology and the anthropology department, and a $1.4 million U.S. Department of Education TRIO grant award for a program that supports the academic success of first-generation, low-income, or disabled students.

The Mellon Foundation grant will support Labs Across the Curriculum, Beloit’s bold new initiative which recognizes the active and collaborative learning that takes place in science labs, and seeks to integrate a similar hands-on intensity into teaching the arts and humanities.

“Labs Across the Curriculum calls for the creation of hands-on, outcomes-based field and lab classes in every discipline,” President Bierman said when he announced the award in September. “It both funds and endorses our work to put the liberal arts into practice for all of our students, no matter their area of study.”

Over a three-year period, the Mellon grant will support a cohort of faculty as they develop and deliver new lab-based teaching strategies and curricular opportunities for students. Labs Across the Curriculum is a central part of curricular reform expected to be fully implemented by fall 2011.

The National Science Foundation award goes toward renovating three lab spaces in the Logan Museum and the college’s anthropology department, improvements that will allow faculty, staff, students, and visiting researchers to more closely and securely study the Logan’s collections, as well as materials on loan from other institutions. The archaeology lab in the Godfrey building and the analytical and museum lab spaces in the Logan are slated for the renovations, expected to be finished by January 2011.

The NSF grant is part of a competitive, one-time program funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Beloit was one of only a handful of organizations to receive funding in anthropology through this initiative.

The U.S. Department of Education’s TRIO grant will provide five years of funding for Beloit’s 36-year-old Student Support Services program, which provides support for more than 100 first-generation, low-income, or disabled students each year through individualized tutoring and mentoring.

“This grant directly supports the mission of Beloit College: offering access to an excellent liberal arts education to the broadest group of talented students possible,” says Ann Davies, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college.

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