Jeff Johnson and Jason Gillmore receive renewal of our Beckman Scholars Program

Jeff Johnson, Professor of Chemistry, and Jason Gillmore, Professor of Chemistry, received the NINTH renewal of our Beckman Scholars Program from the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation.

Read more about our latest award in the official press release.

Congratulations, Jeff and Jason, on the renewal of our program!

Susan Ipri Brown receives new award from DiscoverE

Susan Ipri Brown, Director of ExploreHope and Assistant Professor of Engineering Instruction, has received a $720 award from the DiscoverE Engineers Week Outreach Grant Program. The project is titled Remote Engineering in the Classroom.

The puropose of this project is to develop design kits for delivery to local classrooms ahead of Engineering Week activities. Because of the ongoing pandemic, the design kits will allow students to participate in sessions remotely and still allow activities to go forward–sparking interest in engineering careers among local high school students.

Congratulations, Susan, on your new award!

Kate Finley receives new award from Blueprint 1543

Kate Finley, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, has received a $14,644 award from TheoPsych/Blueprint 1543.  The project is titled Mental Disorder & Faith.

The purpose of this project is to explore the relationship between mental disorder and religious faith.  Specifically, this project will explore an often ignored facet of this relationship—how and why mental disorder may have a positive impact on one’s faith.

Congratulations, Kate, on your new award!

Deborah Van Duinen receives new award from the Lilly Fellows Network Exchange Program

Deborah Van Duinen, Associate Professor of Education, has received a $25,000 award from the Lilly Fellows Network Exchange Program via Valparaiso University.  The project is titled Literature-based programs at church-related colleges/universities

This award will support a three-day network exchange workshop in November 2021 for 12 faculty members from the Lilly Network of church-related colleges and universities.  The workshop will focus on the intersections of literature, faith, and campus and community engagement using Hope College’s NEA Big Read Lakeshore Program as the springboard for this workshop.

Congratulations on your award, Deborah!  

Michelle Gibbs receives new award from the Environmental Protection Agency

Michelle Gibbs, Director of the Office of Sustainability, has received a $32,476 award from the Environmental Protection Agency Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Trash-Free Waters Program via the Macatawa Area Coordinating Council (MACC).  The project is titled West Michigan Beach and River Cleanup Coalition.

Through this project, Hope College will participate in coalition partner meetings, schedule and conduct clean-up events with Hope College faculty and students, assist with the development of marketing materials, assist with the installation of litter reduction receptacles, and conduct litter reduction education. 

Congratulations on your award, Michelle!

Hope Summer Repertory Theatre receives a Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs grant

The Hope Summer Repertory Theatre (HSRT) received a $24,000 grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) to support the 2021 season!  Funding will support the seven show season from May through August 2021, with performances of Little Shop of Horrors, Every Brilliant Thing, Little Women the Musical, The Importance of Being Earnest, Freaky Friday, and Frog and Toad.

Each year, HSRT employs approximately 100 professional artists and technicians from around the country and typically engages over 5,000 unique audience members.  HSRT audiences represent a diverse cross-section from communities primarily located in Ottawa, Kent, and Allegan counties and offer a great opportunity to share artistic talent with others.

Congratulations on your MCACA award, HSRT!

Aaron Best, Ben Kopek, Brent Krueger, and Mike Pikaart receive new award from the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy

Aaron Best, the Harrison C. and Mary L. Visscher Professor of Genetics and Biology Department Chair, Ben Kopek, Associate Professor of Biology, Brent Krueger, Professor of Chemistry, and Mike Pikaart, Associate Professor of Chemistry, received a $493,605 award from the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) for the project titled Implementation of digital droplet PCR technology for SARS-CoV-2 testing in wastewater in Ottawa and Allegan Counties.

This project will support surveillance of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in wastewater via sewer sampling at Hope College and at nearby local municipal wastewater treatment plants in Ottawa and Allegan Counties.

Congratulations on your award, Aaron, Ben, Brent, and Mike!

Funding Opportunities for Digital Humanities Projects

The Office of Sponsored Research at Hope College is excited to host the virtual visit of

Sheila A. Brennan, PhD
Senior Program Officer
Office of Digital Humanities (ODH)
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

on Thursday, Nov. 5, 11:30am-12:30pm EST.

Dr. Brennan will provide an overview of funding opportunities for Digital Humanities projects at the NEH followed by a Q & A session.

The NEH’s Office of Digital Humanities offers grant programs that fund project teams experimenting with digital technologies to develop new methodologies for humanities research, teaching and learning, public engagement, and scholarly communications. ODH funds those studying digital culture from a humanistic perspective and humanists seeking to create digital publications. Another major goal of ODH is to increase capacity of the humanities in applying digital methods.

Whether you have a project you’re currently looking to support, are in the beginning stages of planning a project or funding application, or are just looking for information, please consider attending this session.

This event will be open to Hope College and the broader regional Digital Humanities (DH) and Digital Liberal Arts (DLA) community.  Please register here by Thursday, Oct. 29th. A zoom link will be mailed out to registered participants on Nov. 2nd.

Charlotte Witvliet receives new award from the Fetzer Institute

Charlotte Witvliet, the Lavern ’39 and Betty DePree ’41 VanKley Professor of Psychology and Psychology Department Chair, received a $8,970 grant from the Fetzer Institute for the project titled Accountability: Connecting Spirituality to Civic Life.

This project will utilize the Study of Spirituality in America survey to examine the results associated with accountability with greater spirtual and religious engagement as well as prosocial civic attitudes, civic engagement, and political action.

Congratulations, Charlotte, on your latest award!

Heather Cornell of the Dance Department featured on the New York Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center

Heather Cornell, a new addition to the Dance Department as an Assistant Professor of Dance Instruction, completed an oral history with the New York Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, which chronicled her life’s devotion to tap dance.

Interviewed by Anthony Morigerato, himself a tap dancer, producer, director, content creator, writer, and Emmy-nominated chreographer, Heather recounts growing up in Canada with her artistic parents and early training; moving through to more formal training in dance with the guidance of dance masters such as Buster Brown, Eddie Brown, Harriet Browne, Cookie Cook, Steve Condos, and Chuck Green; and her experience in forming Manhatten Tap, formed in the 1980s and served as a training ground for a new generation of dancers like Max Pollack, Tamango, Roxanne Butterfly, Jeannie Hill, Olivia Rosencrantz, and Michael Minery.

The entire oral history recording is available through the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, Jerome Robbins Dance Division:

Congratulations, Heather, on having your oral history made available through the New York Public Library and sharing so much insight on your personal and professional experiences. We are fortunate to have you here at Hope College!