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T H E CO L L E G E

8

GIFT EXPANDS

RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES

FOR STUDENTS, FACULTY

LYCOMING RECEIVES GRANT

FROM MELLON FOUNDATION

ycoming College has

received a $100,000 grant

fromThe Andrew W. Mellon

Foundation, an organization

that supports deserving higher

education institutions as they

reaffirm their commitment to ambitious, groundbreaking work.

The grant is the first from the Mellon Foundation in the college’s

history.

“This grant from the Mellon Foundation is significant in

two ways,” said President Kent Trachte. “First, we are honored

that the premier foundation supporting liberal arts colleges has

recognized Lycoming for its commitment to providing a first-rate

liberal arts education. Second, by expanding collaborative research

opportunities this grant moves the college forward on a key

element of its strategic plan — providing more enhanced academic

experiences for all students.”

This Mellon gift will fund a three-year pilot program that

will involve small groups of faculty members and students

collaborating in research projects within the arts, humanities

and humanities-focused social sciences. In addition to expanding

the scope of high-impact educational opportunities available to

students, the project will also foster faculty development through

a series of workshops with a consulting expert in the field of

research education. Finally, the grant envisions the creation of new

curricular offerings.

The college received an invitation to apply for a Mellon

Foundation grant in April 2014 as part of the foundation’s initiative

focused on maintaining the unique importance of liberal education

at liberal arts colleges that make substantial economic, cultural

and intellectual contributions to their communities.

Selection for the program will begin with summer research

proposals submitted by faculty members, who will select students

to collaborate on a project within the faculty member’s current

research agenda. This model exposes students to the process by

which faculty identify research questions and furthers faculty

understanding of how collaborating with undergraduates can both

advance research and deepen student learning.

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....we are honored that the premier foundation

supporting liberal arts colleges has recognized

Lycoming...