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!

Office of Sponsored Research and Programs Remote Operations for 2020-2021

During the 2020-2021 academic year, the Office of Sponsored Research and Programs (OSRP) will continue to provide remote operational support to faculty and staff in order to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. 

Below are updates on how to reach us during this period. 

Office Hours
OSRP operating hours remain unchanged.  You may continue to reach us during normal business hours, 8 am to 5 pm ET, Monday through Friday (but excluding regular campus holidays). 

Please note, however, that Marsely is not a full-time employee and is available on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9 am to 5 pm and Tuesdays from 9 am to 3 pm. 

Email continues to be the best way to reach us.  Feel free to contact us ( or to let us know how we may best support your efforts!

Need to talk to one of us?  Simply call our office extensions (Ron at x7316 and Marsely at x6872) and calls will be forwarded to our home offices.

Need an Appointment?
Our calendars are now available for the campus to schedule appointments.  Simply click on the links below to arrange a meeting with one of us:

Ron’s Calendar:
Marsely’s Calendar:

We only ask that you include a brief description of the meeting in your appointment request—we want to be prepared for the discussion!

For 2020-2021, OSRP will offer several training programs via Zoom (both live and recorded sessions).  Look for more details on topics, dates/times, registrations, etc. closer to the beginning of the academic year. 

Lynn Japinga receives new award from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship

Lynn Japinga, Professor of Religion, received a $18,000 award from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Teacher-Scholar Program for the project titled Divorce in the Reformed Church in America

Dr. Japinga will explore the history of policies and practices regarding divorce in the Reformed Church in America and whether growing acceptance of divorced people resulted from biblical and theological reflection, social/cultural pressures, or both. 

Congratulations, Lynn, on your award!

Jonathan Peterson receives new Macatawa Area Coordinating Council award

Jonathan Peterson, The Lavern ’39 and Betty DePree ’41 Van Kley Professor of Geology and Environmental Science, received a $6,000 award from the Macatawa Area Coordinating Council for the project titled Sample Collection of Aplodinotus grunniens (Sheephead) in Lake Macatawa, Holland, Michigan: Summer/Fall 2020.

Dr. Peterson and his students will collect Sheephead from Lake Macatawa during the summer/fall of 2020 for long-term storage and possible analysis at a later date.

Congratulations, Jon, on your award!

Pamela Koch receives new American Sociological Association Award

Pamela Koch, Associate Professor of Sociology, received a $2,500 American Sociological Association Carla B. Howery Teaching Enhancement Grant for the project titled All students (should be able to) Write and Research. Joining Dr. Koch on this project are Debra Swanson, Professor of Sociology, and Aaron Franzen, Associate Professor of Sociology.

The purpose of this project is to develop Sociology student skills in four primary areas: work with others; write and speak well; solve problems; and analyze information. This project will seek to build these skills with students enrolled in Sociology 262 (Research Methods); Sociology 261 (Theoretical Perspectives); Sociology 390 (Advanced Research Projects); and Sociology 495 (Capstone Seminar in Sociology).

Congratulations, Pamela, Debra, and Aaron, on your award!

Office of Sponsored Research and Programs Transitioning to Digital Signatures/Approvals

Effective Thursday 11 June 2020, the Office of Sponsored Research and Programs (OSRP) will be transitioning to the use of DocuSign to handle signatures and approvals on outgoing proposals, awards, and associated compliance documents. 

For principal investigators, expect to begin receiving DocuSign materials via email for the following approvals:

  • Cost-share or course release commitments;
  • Award terms and conditions; and
  • Renewals of Financial Conflict of Interest forms.

For department chairs, deans, division leaders, and other administrators, expect to begin receiving DocuSign materials for:

  • Proposal approvals; and
  • Cost-share or course release commitments.

DocuSign will handle routing and compiling the final, approved materials for all signatories’ records.  OSRP will continue to seek physical signatures on documents required by sponsors—this will not change. 

Hopefully, this change will provide more flexibility in reviewing and approving various forms and requests from OSRP.   

Sophia D’Agostino receives new Early On Faculty Grant

Sophia D’Agostino, Assistant Professor of Education, received a $7,000 Clinton County Regional Educational Service Area Early On Faculty Grant Award for the project titled Compassionate Care Practices within Caregiver Coaching.

This project will explore the experiences and perceptions of early intervention service providers and caregivers regarding the use of compassionate care practices during caregiver coaching. The intended outcome of this project is to understand the ways in which early intervention coaching practices can be improved to benefit the outcomes of young children with disabilities.

Congratulations, Sophia, on your award!