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Recent Awards

2012 – 2013 Faculty Grants

The Association of American Colleges and Universities has awarded two Juniata professionals a Bringing Theory to Practice grant to further educate faculty about integrating service-learning into the curriculum.
Award Amount: $1,000
Project Directors: Sarah Worley, Assistant Professor of Communication, and Abbey Baird, Director of Community Service and Service Learning

 

The United States Department of Energy has awarded one Juniata biologist with a three-year grant for the proposal, “Joint Genome Institute (JGI) collaboration with Lawrence Berkeley National Labs.”
Award Amount: $25,000
Project Director: Dr. Gina Lamendella, Assistant Professor of Biology
Three Juniata students will gain undergraduate research experience thanks to this grant. Additionally, grant content will be shared in courses affecting 30-40 additional students.

 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has awarded a Juniata biologist with a grant for a project entitled, “Habitat Restoration Project Assessment and Monitoring.”
Award Amount: $25,000
Project Director: Dr. Chris Grant, Assistant Research Professor
This project has created hands-on research experience for six Juniata students—Krista Leibensperger ’12, Nicole Marks ’14, Jacob Oster ’14, Elliot Perow ’14, Ryan Trexler ’13, and Alex Weimer ’13.

 

2012-13 Institutional Grants

 

The Council of Independent Colleges has awarded Juniata College a grant entitled, “NetVUE- Pre-During-Post Study Abroad Exploration of Vocation” that creates a mentoring process for students before, during and after study abroad.
Award Amount: $44,926
Project Directors: Dr. Jenifer Cushman, Dean of International Programs and Associate Professor of German, and Rev. L. David Witkovsky, College Chaplain
This grant will allow three students to work as mentors for up to 50 peers, who are returning from study abroad and reintegrating into the American culture.

 

 2011 – 2012 Faculty Grants

 

The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources awarded a Juniata geologist a grant to study, “Geochronology in Support of Bedrock Mapping.”
Award Amount: $17,000
Project Director: Dr. Ryan Mathur, Associate Professor of Geology and Chair of the Geology Department
Two students, Charlie Gomez ’12 and Michelle Roy ’13, participated in undergraduate research thanks to this grant funding.

 

The United States Army Research Office awarded Juniata chemists with a one-year grant from its Terrestrial Research Program. The award will allow chemists to characterize geomaterials.
Award Amount: $30,000
Project Directors: Dr. Richard Hark, H. George Foster Chair of Chemistry, and Dr. Tom Fisher, Professor of Chemistry
Several students may have the opportunity to undertake research thanks to this grant. None have been named as yet.

 

The II-VI Foundation awarded three Juniata faculty members with one-year grants for the following three research projects:

Synthesis and Characterization of Polynuclear Transition Metal Complexes for Applications in Electronics,” by Dr. Peter Baran, Associate Professor of Chemistry;

“Searching for Pulsating Stars in Eclipsing Binary Systems,” for Dr. Matthew Beaky, Assistant Professor of Physics; and

 "Analysis of Geomaterials Using Laser-induced Breakdown Spectroscopy,” by Dr. Richard Hark, H. George Foster Chair of Chemistry.

Award Amounts: totaled $62,340
A total of six students will gain hands on research experience thanks to the above grants. Katie Brown ’13 and Nathan Strom ’13 work with Dr. Baran; Brandon Leckemby ’13 and Peter Defnet ’15 work with Dr. Hark; and Lauren Taylor ’13 and Caitlin Everhart ’14 work with Dr. Beaky.

 

The Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds awarded one Juniata biologist with a one-year grant to study a project titled, “Unassessed Waters: Protecting Pennsylvania Fishes.”
Award Amount: $2,000
Project Director: Dr. Chris Grant, Assistant Research Professor
This project has created hands-on research experience for six Juniata students—Krista Leibensperger ’12, Nicole Marks ’14, Jacob Oster ’14, Elliot Perow ’14, Ryan Trexler ’13, and Alex Weimer ’13.

 

The same Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds also awarded another Juniata biologist with a one-year grant for the “Survey of Brook Trout and Benthic Macroinvertebrates in Yellow Branch,” a subaward from the Huntingdon County Conservation District.
Award Amount: $1,950
Project Director: Dr. Thorpe Halloran, Assistant Professor of Earth and Environmental Science

 

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation awarded one Juniata biologist with a one-year grant to study, “Mercury Bioaccumulation in Pennsylvania Headwaters.”
Award Amount: $5,000
Project Director: Dr. Chris Grant, Assistant Research Professor
This project has created hands-on research experience for six Juniata students—Krista Leibensperger ’12, Nicole Marks ’14, Jacob Oster ’14, Elliot Perow ’14, Ryan Trexler ’13, and Alex Weimer ’13.

 

2011-2012 Institutional Grants

 

The National Science Foundation awarded Juniata with a five-year grant from its Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (or S-STEM) program. The award will allow Juniata to encourage academically-strong students from two-year colleges to seek baccalaureate degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines.
Award Amount: $552,200
Project Director: Dr. Jeffery Demarest, Professor of Biology
Throughout its course, this award will impact 30 students, who will receive scholarships and hands-on experiences.

 

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board awarded Juniata with a one-year grant to reduce underage and dangerous drinking.
Award Amount: $14,840
Project Director: Daniel Cook-Huffman, Assistant Dean of Students
This grant allowed one undergraduate student to gain experience not only with disseminating the above subject matter but with event-planning experience.

 

Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life awarded Juniata with a one-year grant from its Big Questions Innovation Fund. The grant allowed for the further development of the Juniata program Planting Seeds, which enables campus students to have interfaith dialogue and experiences through service in the community surrounding campus.
Award Amount: $10,800
Project Director: Rev. L. David Witkovsky, College Chaplain
This grant provided an interfaith experience to some five students who co-authored the proposal (along with three faculty and an administrator) and to many other students who observed the interfaith dialogues speeches and events that were part of this proposal.

 

The Council of Independent Colleges awarded Juniata a grant that covered the costs of attendance for several institutional representatives to be present at their Degree Qualification Program, a series of dialogues that seek to find communalities and uniquenesses to degrees across private institutions.
Award Amount: Varied
Project Directors: Dr. Donna Weimer, Col. Sedgley & Elizabeth Bailey Thornbury Professor of Communication and Chair of the Communication Department; Jim Lakso, Provost & Executive Vice President for Student Development, Professor of Economics & Business Administration; Neil Pelkey, Associate Professor of Environmental Sciences; Carlee Ranalli, Director of Institutional Planning & Research

 

The II-VI Foundation awarded Juniata a grant for Summer Science Splash Camp, a Juniata-created program that engages middle schools students from across the mid-Atlantic in a summer camp learning experience in advanced science.  
Award Amount: $158,000
Project Directors:  Dr.Leslie Leckvarcik, Director of Science in Motion
About 180 middle-school students benefit from summer science education at Juniata’s camps, where several undergraduate students instruct as counselors and scientists.

 

The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency awarded Juniata with a grant titled, “Creating Access to Post-Secondary Schools,” particularly Southern Fulton County School District.
Award Amount: $9,000
Project Directors: Michelle Bartol, Dean of Enrollment; Sarah Diane Sadowsky, Admission Counselor
The grant allowed approximately 175 area students, and about 25 area parents, to attend collegiate events, two of which were held at the Southern Fulton Junior-Senior High School.

 

The Pennsylvania Department of Education awarded Juniata with a one-year grant to carry on its Science in Motion program.
Award Amount: $80,298
Project Director: Leslie Leckvarcik, Director of Science in Motion
Science in Motion enhances instruction for nearly 50,000 students in the central Pennsylvania area.

 

The Coleman Foundation awarded Juniata a one-year grant to continue the Coleman Fellows Program, which allows faculty to integrate entrepreneurial topics into non-business curriculum.
Award Amount: $25,000
Project Director: Nick Felice, Director of Sill Business Incubator; Fellows include: Kate Clarke, Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts; Peter Baran, Associate Professor of Chemistry; and Paula Beckenbaugh, Director of Clinical Experiences in the Education Department.

 

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute awarded Juniata with one of its prestigious undergraduate education grants that is enabling Juniata to begin its Genomics Leadership Initiative, a five-year curriculum development effort to teach the emerging science of genomics from a technological and scientific research perspective, but in true liberal arts fashion, to also explore the ethical, legal and societal implications of this emerging science.
Award Amount: $1,000,000
Project Directors: Dr. Vince Buonaccorsi, Associate Professor of Biology.
Students: (to be determined each year).  Up to 400 students are expected to be engaged in the curriculum, with a smaller subset (75) earning a certification in genomics and a smaller subset still (25), earning both a certification in genomics and having a capstone research experience in the field.