Grants

Graduate Student Herman Receives Grant for Lab Supplies, Plant Research

Jacob Herman, a graduate student in biology, received a grant worth $807 from the Sigma Xi Committee on Grants-in-Aid of Research in January 2013. The award will go toward lab supplies.

Herman is investigating DNA methylation as a possible mechanism for adaptive trans-generational effects of drought on plant offspring development. His advisor is Sonia Sultan, professor of biology, professor of environmental studies.

The Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research program has a highly competitive application process and only 20 percent of applicants receive any level of funding.

Liberty Bank Foundation Supports Program for College Success

Wesleyan’s Program for Student College Success received a $5,000 grant from the Liberty Bank Foundation on Dec. 19. The award will support the program through Nov. 1, 2013.

Wesleyan’s Program for College Success is a comprehensive program that supports first-generation, low-income and underrepresented students as they move through high school and into college. The program serves 100 high school students (25 in each class), helping them to make a successful transition to college. Led by a director and operated by college students and recent graduates, the program consists of a four-week summer session and 40 weeks of programming throughout the academic year. Wesleyan students will offer tutoring and other academic support as needed.

NEA Supports Wesleyan University Press’s Poetry Program

Wesleyan University Press received a $40,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts on Nov. 27 to support the Wesleyan University Press Poetry Program in 2013-14. Works by such poets as Kazim Ali, Rae Armantrout, Heather Christie, Brenda Coultas, Annie Finch, Peter Gizzi, Brenda Hillman, and Yusef Komunyakaa will be published and promoted. The Press will promote the books through organized reading tours for each author and new digital initiatives including custom e-book and print-on-demand anthologies and free online teaching guides.

 

Smolkin-Rothrock Receives Grant from the SSRC

Victoria Smolkin-Rothrock, assistant professor of history, assistant professor of Russian and Eastern European studies, received a $30,000 grant from the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) to support her research on “Soviet Scientific Atheism and Socialist Rituals” through Aug. 31, 2014.

Holmes Receives NIH Grant for Histone Protein Research

Scott Holmes, associate professor of molecular biology and biochemistry, received a grant worth $374,150 from the National Institutes of Health. The grant will support a study on “Functional interaction of histone H1 with the core nucleosome” until 2015. Several Wesleyan undergraduates conducted experiments crucial for developing this grant proposal, including Samantha Schilit ’10, MA ’11, who is currently in her first year as a Ph.D. candidate at the Harvard School of Medicine.

Histone proteins organize DNA into its basic organizational unit, the chromosome, and have a fundamental influence on the function of DNA. The four core histones assemble into the disc-shaped nucleosome, while the fifth histone, H1, associates with the DNA linking adjacent nucleosomes. While histone H1 is essential for life in most organisms, its specific functions remain enigmatic.

“We are using molecular genetics to examine the function of histone H1 in yeast cells, focusing on the joint contributions histone H1 and the core histones make to regulating gene expression,” Holmes explains.

Starr’s Polymer Study Supported by American Chemical Society

Francis Starr, associate professor of physics, received a $100,000 grant from the American Chemical Petroleum Fund for his work examining the properties of extremely thin polymer films. These systems have important applications ranging from nano-electronics to artificial tissues.  The work will be supported through August 2014.

United Way Supports Wesleyan’s Program for College Success

Middlesex United Way awarded Wesleyan’s Program for Student College Success with a $5,000 grant. The award will support the program through Aug. 31, 2013.

Wesleyan’s Program for College Success is a comprehensive program that supports first-generation, low-income and underrepresented students as they move through high school and into college. The program serves 100 high school students (25 in each class), helping them to make a successful transition to college. Led by a director and operated by college students and recent graduates, the program consists of a four-week summer session and 40 weeks of programming throughout the academic year. Wesleyan students will offer tutoring and other academic support as needed.

AT&T Connecticut Supports Wesleyan’s Program for Student College Success

High school students assisted by the Wesleyan's Program for Student College Success gathered on the steps of Usdan University Center Oct. 12 where they received a visit from State Senator Paul Doyle and AT&T Connecticut representative Abby Jewett.

High school students assisted by the Wesleyan’s Program for Student College Success gathered on the steps of Usdan University Center Oct. 12 where they received a visit from State Senator Paul Doyle and AT&T Connecticut representative Abby Jewett.

Wesleyan’s Program for Student College Success received a $10,000 award from AT&T Connecticut on Oct. 12. State Senator Paul Doyle was on hand to celebrate the announcement.

This program replaces the former Upward Bound program, which lost its federal funding this year for the first time in 45 years.

Wesleyan’s Program for College Success is a comprehensive program that supports first-generation, low-income and underrepresented students as they move through high school and into college. The program serves 100 high school students (25 in each class), helping them to make a successful transition to college. Led by a director and operated by college students and recent graduates, the program consists of a four-week summer session and 40 weeks of programming throughout the academic year. Wesleyan students will offer tutoring and other academic support as needed.

“Everyone involved in the program would like to thank AT&T Connecticut for this generous contribution,” said Sonia Manjon, vice president for Institutional Partnerships. “This donation will help us move students with great potential toward a brighter future. The program really opens up the world for our students.”

AT&T Connecticut’s support will help the students successfully transition into college.

“Wesleyan’s Program for Student College Success fulfills a need by helping secure a future for deserving students in our community” said State Senator Paul Doyle (Dem-9), ”I appreciate AT&T’s support of the program. Partnerships like this are vitally important to the future of our young people. ”

Other local donors include Middlesex United Way, the Middletown, Portland and Meriden board of education, the Middletown Youth Service Bureu, 3M Company and Middle Oak Insurance.

The Program for College Success was featured in the Oct. 15 Middletown Press and the Oct. 16 Hartford Courant.

Department of Education Funds Wesleyan’s McNair Program through 2017

The U.S. Department of Education awarded Wesleyan’s Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program with a $1.1 million grant on Sept. 31, 2012. The award will support the McNair Program through Sept. 30, 2017.

The Ronald E. McNair Program was established at Wesleyan in 2007 and assists students from under-represented groups in preparing for, entering and progressing successfully through post graduate education.

Department of Education Supports Upward Bound’s Math-Science Program

The U.S. Department of Education awarded Wesleyan’s Upward Bound Math-Science Program with a $1,250,000 grant on Sept. 12, 2012. The award will be used to support the program through Sept. 30, 2018.

Wesleyan’s Upward Bound Math-Science and Collaborative Programs prepare hundreds of local youth (from elementary school to high school) for college and strengthen their math and science skills by providing rigorous academic summer experiences as well as ongoing academic enrichment and tutorial support, college visits, and assistance with prep school, college application and financial application processes during the school year.