Recent Awards

Explore recent research grant awards.

2016-2017

Thom Moore (Physics) and Whitney Coyle (Physics) have been awarded a new three-year grant totaling $371,645 from the National Science Foundation to support continued research with undergraduate students in the area of musical acoustics. The project will allow Dr. Moore and Dr. Coyle to collaborate with a team of undergraduate students to understand how structural vibrations affect the sound of brass wind instruments and to investigate the physical parameters of the reed that are important in producing the sound of woodwind instruments.

Ena Heller (CFAM) received two general program support grants from the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs to help support a variety of exhibitions and educational programming at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum during the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons.

James Patrone (Chemistry) was awarded a $5,000 grant from the Mindlin Foundation’s Undergraduate Mentored Research Program to support student-faculty collaborative research with an undergraduate student in 2017. The project, titled Identification of Novel Hexokinase 2 Inhibitors, will allow the team to conduct research during the spring semester to identify selective enzyme inhibitors that may be used as tool compounds to study the effect of glycolysis inhibition on cancer cell lines.

Rollins College will serve as a sub-site for the Corporation for National and Community Service’s AmeriCorps VISTA program through the Heart of Florida United Way. Rollins has been awarded two VISTAs through the subaward: the Rollins College VISTA for Community Outreach & Collective Impact, and the Rollins College VISTA Outreach Coordinator & Advocate for Student Veterans.

Rollins College has received renewal funding for five years from the U.S. Department of Education/TRIO Programs to continue the Rollins College Upward Bound Program. Upward Bound, a college preparation program for high school students, will provide assistance to 72 high school students annually in Orange County who are low-income, first-generation college students. The program's direct services are fully funded by the Federal government in the amount of $322,335 annually.

Julian Chambliss (History) received an R-1 Planning Grant from the Associated Colleges of the South, which is intended to explore partnerships with major research institutions in the region. The grant will allow Dr. Chambliss to partner with faculty from UCF to host a Digital Literacy and Collaborative Learning Workshop at Rollins in August 2017 for faculty from both institutions. The goal of the two-day workshop is to expand on established faculty dialogues and initiatives at each institution connected to community engagement and digital humanities.

Jenny Queen (Psychology) received a planning grant from the Associated Colleges of the South for a collaborative project with faculty from Centenary College and Sewanee: The University of the South titled Cognitive Science in the Classroom.

Susan Singer (Provost’s Office) will co-lead a four-year research grant with Michigan State University titled, Using networks to scale improvement of STEM undergraduate education: A comparative study of network goals, processes, and strategies to advance organizational change. The project, funded through the National Science Foundation’s Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) program, aims to advance knowledge of organization-focused change networks as a potentially powerful lever for advancing improvements in STEM education. The results of the study will produce evidence-based findings and resources, including a robust, research-based Toolkit, useful to leaders of STEM undergraduate change efforts, as well as scholars striving to expand the body of knowledge of how such networks form, develop, and advance change.

2015-2016

Laurel Habgood (Chemistry) was awarded a grant from the Associated Colleges of the South (ACS) to host a collaborative workshop at Rollins for chemistry faculty within the ACS consortium. The workshop, titled Improving Inorganic Chemistry Pedagogy, was held June of 2015.

Li Wei (Modern Languages) received a grant from the Associated Colleges of the South to support his collaborative blended learning project with a faculty member at Washington & Lee University. The team will work to develop a Chinese character mobile training app for use in introductory Chinese courses.

Susan Montgomery (Olin Library) received a grant for Rollins to host Latino Americans: 500 Years of History, a public programming imitative produced by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA). The program—part of an NEH initiative, The Common Good: The Humanities in the Public Square—will offer public screenings of episodes from the Latino Americans film series, in conjunction with lectures and other cultural events on campus and in the community throughout the 2015-16 academic year.

Ena Heller (CFAM) received a general program support grant from the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs to help support a variety of exhibitions and educational programming at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum during the 2015-16 season.

Nancy Decker (Modern Languages) is the recipient of a STEM Articulation Grant from the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG) in partnership with Paragon School, which serves students in grades K-12 with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The project will provide innovative, engaging, and hands-on STEM-based German instruction to Rollins students, as well as middle and high school students in the local community.

Zeynep Teymuroglu (Mathematics) was awarded a grant from the Associated Colleges of the South to host a collaborative workshop at Rollins for ACS faculty titled Mathematics for Social Justice, to take place in May 2016.

Rachel Walton (Olin Library), working with Julian Chambliss (History) and Anne Stone (Communication), was recently awarded a grant from the Associated Colleges of the South to implement an innovative project titled True Stories: Supporting Classroom-centered, Multidisciplinary, and Collaborative Oral History Curricula at Liberal Arts Colleges. The project will involve archival professionals from Rollins College, Davidson College, and Southwestern University, who will provide critical classroom supports in the form of technology, expertise, preservation activities, and archival storage space for faculty teaching oral history-centered curricula to undergraduate students in a variety of learning contexts.

Daniel Myers (Computer Science) was awarded an Undergraduate Research grant from the Mindlin Foundation to support student-faculty collaborative research with an undergraduate student in 2016. The project, titled Implementing an Adaptive Tutorial System for Coding Literacy Education, will work to create an open-source adaptive tutorial system that provides instruction in the fundamentals of coding literacy and program interpretation to new computer science students.

2013-2014

Barry Allen (Environmental Studies) has been awarded a Blended Learning Program grant from the Associated Colleges of the South in the amount of $10,000 to continue the collaborative cross-institutional project "Resources for the Sustainability Blended Learning Digital Library: Political Ecology (Part 3 of 5)."

Carrie Shulz (IT) was recently awarded a grant from the Associated Colleges of the South for a project that will work to develop a cross-institutional Blended Learning Certification Program in collaboration with other ACS schools.

Rachel Simmons (Art) has been awarded a Blended Learning Program grant from the Associated Colleges of the South for "The Visual Journal Project: Developing a Liberal Arts Model for Blended Learning Course Design in Studio Art."

Jane Reimers (Crummer) recently received funding through a Blended Learning Program grant from the Associated Colleges of the South for a collaborative project with Furman University titled "Blended Learning Across ACS Institutions."

Thom Moore (Physics) has been awarded a new three-year grant from the National Science Foundation to support his continued research with undergraduate students in the area of musical acoustics.
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Carrie Glatting and Lisa Bliss (Pre-Collegiate Programs) have been awarded a $4,000 Mayor's Matching Grant from the City of Orlando. Funds will allow 26 local high school students enrolled in the Rollins College Educational Talent Search Program who are first-generation college students to participate in a tour of four colleges in South Carolina in spring 2014. The trip will allow these students the opportunity to engage with college admission professionals and learn about the expectations and process of applying for college entry.

2012-2013

Margaret McLaren and Yudit Greenberg (Philosophy and Religious Studies) received funding from the Jessie Ball duPont Fund to participate in the duPont Summer Seminars for Liberal Arts College Faculty at the National Humanities Center in June 2013.

Jana Mathews (English) and Anne Meehan (Career & Life Planning) have received a $4,000 Blended Learning grant from the Associated Colleges of the South to support a collaborative project with the University of Richmond. The team will develop a new blended learning career planning course that will use both face-to-face interactions and online technology to provide students with career planning skills and strategies in the hopes of better preparing them for life after graduation. Several blended learning modules designed to improve students' skills in interviewing, personal branding, and professional networking will be created and piloted between both schools during the 2013-14 academic year.

Ann Francis (Environmental Studies/Sustainability Program) received $2,000 from the Fair Trade Colleges and Universities Small Grant program through Fair Trade USA to host an event celebrating Rollins' designation as a Fair Trade College. Rollins is the first college to receive this designation in the state of Florida. Read more about our Sustainability Program's efforts here.

Susan Montgomery (Olin Library) and Susan Lackman (Music) have received a $1,500 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to implement America's Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway. Through this project, Olin Library will host documentary film screenings along with scholar-led discussions of twentieth-century American popular music, including blues and gospel, Broadway, jazz, bluegrass and country, rock n' roll, and mambo and hip hop.

Tonia Warnecke (International Business) and Chrissy Garton (Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Initiative) were awarded a Faculty Advancement grant from the Associated Colleges of the South (ACS) in the amount of $7,500 to support a Faculty Institute on Social Entrepreneurship Education. The Institute, to be hosted by Rollins and led by Ashoka U., will provide faculty with the necessary knowledge, skills, and resources to integrate social entrepreneurship into their own teaching and research.

Bob Sherry (Dance) and Robin Wilson (Dance) were awarded a $10,000 collaborative ACS Faculty Advancement grant with Millsaps College to teach Dance for Parkinson's Disease -- a program successfully launched by Rollins with Florida Hospital and Mark Morris Dance Group—to Millsaps students and faculty and the Jackson community.

Rollins was recently awarded a new two-year cooperative agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 4 through their Collegiate Environmental Sustainability Initiative. The proposed project, Sustainable Enterprise: Capturing the Investment of SunRail in Winter Park, Florida, will team Professor of Environmental Studies Bruce Stephenson with George and Harriet Cornell Professor of Politics Rick Foglesong to support curricular activities at both the undergraduate and graduate levels that will put sustainability concepts into practice in the community, specifically in the areas of sustainable transportation planning and policy. In collaboration with local government and other regional stakeholders, our faculty and students will work to develop an action-oriented strategy for our campus and community to fully realize and utilize the benefits of commuter rail, shared bicycle usage, and pedestrian travel both on and off campus.

Faculty members Thom Moore (Physics), Josh Almond (Art), and Dan Crozier (Music) have been awarded a collaborative grant in the amount of $7,500 from the Associated Colleges of the South Faculty Advancement Program for their interdisciplinary project titled Soundscapes: An Artistic and Musical Investigation into the Physics of Sound. The team will use the funding to develop and teach a two-semester course in which students will design and build original musical instruments, compose original music for ensembles of these instruments, and perform a public concert on the instruments at the end of the academic year. Learn more here.

Rachel Simmons (Art) has been awarded two Faculty Advancement grants from the Associated Colleges of the South. The first, titled An Interdisciplinary Blended Learning Project on Environmental Studies and Landscape Art will pair Professor Simmons with an environmental studies faculty member at Southwestern University to connect separate courses—both focused on sustainability and the environment—taking place across the two ACS campuses during summer 2012. The second project, In Darwin's Wake: Art, Environmental Justice and Conservation Ecology in the Galapagos, will further explore collaborative, engaged learning across the two campuses in summer 2013 with the inclusion of a shared field study experience in the Galapagos Islands.

Dean of the Hamilton Holt School David Richard (Psychology) and Scott Hewit (Education) have been funded in the amount of $7,000 by the Associated Colleges of the South Faculty Advancement grant program for their collaborative project which will prepare Rollins faculty to teach in a blended learning environment.

Associate Professors Julian Chambliss (History) and Michael Gunter (Political Science) will partner with colleagues at Furman University on an Associated Colleges of the South Faculty Advancement grant titled Urban Dreams and Urban Disorders.

Margaret McLaren (Philosophy & Religion) and Mahjabeen Rafiuddin (Office of Multicultural Affairs) along with colleagues at several ACS schools were awarded an Associated Colleges of the South Faculty Advancement grant aimed at creating more inclusive campuses for students, specifically with regard to gender and sexuality.