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!

2020-2021 Office of Sponsored Research and Programs Training Schedule

The Office of Sponsored Research and Programs (OSRP) is pleased to offer the following training opportunities for 2020-2021. Registration for each session will close one week prior to the scheduled session. Sessions will be provided online via Zoom; attendees must register in advance and will be provided the link to participate at least two days prior to the scheduled session.

Sessions with an asterisk (*) are working sessions—participants are encouraged to bring a draft of a current proposal to the session to review, edit, and seek feedback from other participants. 

Questions?  Please feel free to contact OSRP (  


This series of three workshops addresses the major sections present in most funding applications. Each session will introduce the importance and aims of this section of an application, discuss strategies, and provide an opportunity to workshop your ideas and drafts with colleagues. You can attend just one, two, or all three.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we expect schedules and availability to change, and therefore the meeting times of the Oct. 20 and Feb. 16 workshops remain TBD. OSRP is also considering asynchronous options for delivery of these workshops. In the Workshop RSVPs, you will have an opportunity to indicate your scheduling preferences for Workshops 2 and 3.

New this year: Faculty who attend all three Project Development Workshops will be eligible to receive a Grant-Seeking Award of up to $250 to support their application efforts, for instance to hire an outside subject-matter expert to assess the proposal draft. Priority for awards will be given to junior and underrepresented faculty. (Depending on the funding opportunity, it may be possible to substitute Proposal Budgets 101 for Workshop 3).

1. Developing Your Project Statement of Need*–NEW DATE due to All Faculty Meeting on Original Date
Your primary project proposal/statement/problem serves as an introduction to your proposal and must give an effective overview of your project. Learn strategies to draw in your reader and workshop your drafts with the group.

Date/Time:September 29, 2020, 11:30am-12:45pm
Location:Zoom Webinar
Registration:RSVP here by Sept. 22 (

2. Developing your Project Plan, Scope of Work, or Methodology Sections*
These sections of your proposal demonstrate how you will undertake your project. Learn strategies for planning these and communicating your plan clearly to readers. Develop strategies to include the appropriate personnel in your project. Workshop your drafts with the group.

Date/Time:October 20, 2020 (time TBD)
Location:Zoom Webinar
Registration:RSVP here by October 13 (

3. Measuring Your Project’s Impact: Developing Effective Evaluation Plans*
Many proposals ask for an evaluation plan and most grants require a final report demonstrating your project’s impact. Learn the importance of evaluation and how to undertake it. Planning your project’s evaluation from the start will save you time and headaches in the end. Workshop your drafts with the group.

Date/Time:February 16, 2021 (time TBD)
Location:Zoom Webinar
Registration:RSVP here by February 9 (

Proposal Budgets 101
Learn the basics of federal and institutional principles in developing a sponsored project budget.  Learn some of the key factors to consider in developing your budget, including personnel costs, travel, project dissemination, data management, evaluation, and other expenses.  

Date/Time:Available for On-Demand Viewing in/by November 2020

National Science Foundation (NSF) and the 2020 Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG)
Considering an application to the National Science Foundation in 2021?  This session will provide a high-level overview of key changes coming to NSF proposal preparation and submission for 2021. 

Date/Time:Available for On-Demand Viewing if/when new PAPPG Issued

Susan Ipri Brown receives new award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers

Susan Ipri Brown, Director of ExploreHope and Assistant Professor of Engineering Instruction, received a $5,000 award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Environmental Systems Division for the project titled Experimental Design: Hands on Environmental Immersion for Students.

The purpose of this project is to provide a middle and high school students with a project-based learning and environmental research experience through sessions at the Hope College Nature Preserve or Macatawa watershed.

Congratulations, Susan, on your latest award!

Jason Gillmore and Jeff Johnson receive new award from the Research Corporation for Science Advancement

Jason Gillmore, Professor of Chemistry, and Jeff Johnson, Professor of Chemistry, have received a $12,000 award from the Research Corporation for Science Advancement Cottrell Instrumentation Supplements Award for the project titled Into the Future – Updating a GC and GC/MS Instrumentation Suite at Hope College to Extend Instrument Life and Improve Network Security.

This project will upgrade the Chemistry Department’s gas chromatography (GC) systems to replace aging computer systems, update software, and perform maintenance on this equipment to ensure ongoing operations in the coming years.  These GC systems are vital to Hope College—they serve more than half of the researchers in the Chemistry Department and at least 18 faculty members across the Division of Natural and Applied Services.  Collectively, these GC systems analyze over 2,000 samples per year. 

Congratulations on your award, Jason and Jeff!

Courtney Peckens receives new award from the National Science Foundation

Courtney Peckens, Associate Professor of Engineering, has received a $999,061 award from the National Science Foundation Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) Program for the project titled Scholarships, Services, and a Framework of Programmatic Belonging Cues to Improve Undergraduate Student Success in Engineering Majors

Co-Principal Investigators on this project include Gerald Griffin, Associate Provost and Associate Professor of Biology and Psychology; Kathy Kremer, Senior Director of Assessment and Accreditation in the Frost Center for Data and Research; and Matthew Smith, Associate Professor of Engineering.

This project will focus on increasing retention and four-year graduation rates of academically talented, low-income engineering students through a longitudinal and focused integration of belonging cues in each scholar’s academic framework.  Participating students will receive support services including faculty and peer mentoring, a tailored math-based summer bridge program, an academic learning community focused on cohort building, a first-year seminar course, supplemental instruction, research and internship opportunities, and a vocation-focused diversity and inclusion seminar series.

Congratulations, Courtney, Gerald, Kathy, and Matt on your latest award!

Angela Carpenter receives new award from the John Templeton Foundation

Angela Carpenter, Assistant Professor of Religion, has received a $113,977 award from the John Templeton Foundation (via Villanova University) for the project titled Collaborative Inquiries in Christian Theological Anthropology.

For this project, Angela will examine Reformed theology, evolutionary anthropology, and affective neuroscience to develop a theology of graced identity, with the primary outcome a new book. The connections to other scholars in the project will allow Angela to engage in interdisciplinary research on a range of social issues in area of grace identity.

Congratulations, Angela, on your new award!

Kristin Dittenhafer-Reed receives new National Science Foundation award

Kristin Dittenhafer-Reed, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, received a $320,498 award from the National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation Program for the project titled MRI: Acquisition of a High Resolution LC/MS/MS to Enable Undergraduate Chemical and Biochemical Research Across Six Disciplines in the Natural and Applied Sciences at Hope College.

Co-principal investigators on this project include Jonathan Peterson, the Lavern ’39 and Betty DePree ’41 Van Kley Professor of Geology and Environmental Science; Kenneth Brown, Professor of Chemistry; Jason Gillmore, Professor of Chemistry; and Matthew Smith, Associate Professor of Engineering.

Our Public Affairs and Marketing team has developed a great feature on Kristin’s award–it’s worth a read on the significant impact this award will have on our researchers and students.

Congratulations, Kristin!

Deborah Van Duinen receives new award from the Michigan Humanities Council

Deborah Van Duinen, Associate Professor of Education, received a $15,000 award from the Michigan Humanities Council for the project titled The Little Read Lakeshore.

This award will support The Little Read Lakeshore events in November 2020, held in conjunction with The Big Read. Little Read Lakeshore events focus on creating and fostering a culture of reading among the region’s children, families, caregivers, and education providers, and represents a collaboration among various educational institutions, non-profits, and libraries.

Congratulations, Deborah, on your latest award!

Kelly Ronald receives new award from the Christian Scholars Foundation

Kelly Ronald, Assistant Professor of Biology, received a $20,000 award from the Christian Scholars Foundation for the project titled Noisy and Bright: How sensory pollution of urban areas affects the auditory and visual processing of a songbird.

This project will examine the sensory processing of songbirds to determine how the sensory environment (e.g., noises, lights, and olfactory stimuli) impacts the successful reception of signals. This project has three primary goals: to determine whether birds from urban or rural populations have different sensory processing abilities; to assess whether birds from different populations demonstrate different sensory modalities that impact auditory and visual processing; and to determine whether there are sex differences in sensory processing in urban and rural environments.

Congratulations, Kelly, on your new award!