Stephanie Edwards and Dyana Harrelson receive new Mathematical Association of America award

Stephanie Edwards, Professor of Mathematics, and Dyana Harrelson, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, have received a $5,000 award from the Mathematical Association of America Dolciani Mathematics Enrichment Grants Program. The project is titled Integration of Vertical Mentoring into the Black River Public School Math Teams.

This project is a collaboration between Black River Public School (BRPS) and Hope College to engage 20-35 BRPS middle and high school math team students and two to four Hope College undergraduates in mathematical enrichment activities. This project will provide challenging mathematics problems encouraging creativity; participation in regional, state, and national math contensts; establishing a supporting and inspirational community; and encouraging students to take more math courses in their secondary and post-secondary education.

Congratulations on your award, Stephanie and Dyana!

Lindsey Hanson receives new Calvin Institute of Christian Worship award

Lindsey Hanson, Assistant Professor of Dance, has received a $16,310 award from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Teacher-Scholar Grant Program. The project is titled Sanctuary.

This project is a cross-disciplinary collaboration of dance, architectural design, and film within a worship space culminating in a site-specific, multimedia dance performance titled Sanctuary. Set at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, this project will utilize dance performed live and captured by film to challenge, reveal, and enhance the congregation’s awareness of the worship space inside their church.

Congratulations, Lindsey, on your new award!

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.