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Grants at Work in 2014-15

Smith College received a $800,000 grant from MassMutual for a new data science program. Beginning this fall, Smith students interested in the emerging field of data science—which deals with the extraction of knowledge from big data—will have an opportunity to study the topic in depth through a new Women in Data Science collaboration with Mount Holyoke College and MassMutual. More...

Smith College has been awarded a $300,000 three-year grant for a pilot teaching program aimed at increasing the number of women and underrepresented minorities who succeed in science and technology fields. The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U). Smith was one of 14 colleges and universities nationwide to receive a full grant award under the AAC&U’s new initiative, Teaching to Increase Diversity and Equity in STEM (TIDES). More...

Smith College joined the Posse Foundation STEM Initiative to support low-income students in science and engineering. In the fall of 2015, Smith will expand its commitment to educational access by enrolling and supporting a cohort, or “posse,” of 10 low-income students a year who seek majors and careers in STEM fields. More...

The William Randolph Hearst Foundations has awarded Smith College a $100,000 grant to support the Achieving Excellence in Mathematics, Engineering, and Mathematics (AEMES) program. AEMES serves students interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and promotes the success of students from social groups historically underrepresented in those fields. More...

Two Smith faculty were awarded National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) grants. The Major Research Instrumentation Program serves to increase access to shared scientific and engineering instruments for research and research training in our Nation's institutions of higher education, not-for-profit museums, science centers and scientific/engineering research organizations. The program provides organizations with opportunities to acquire major instrumentation that supports the research and research training goals, while also serving as a resource to other researchers regionally or nationally.

Assistant Professor of Government Kim Dionne was recently awarded a National Science Foundation grant on her research entitled “Tracking and Explaining Americans' response to the Ebola outbreak.” This project examines the American public response to the current Ebola outbreak and asks how public opinion is shaped by (1) the policy responses offered by leading politicians and (2) the framing of Ebola not only as a public health issue but also as an immigration issue. More...

Funding from Smith’s Howard Hughes Medical Institute grant supported Smith Science Fellows Program. During the January interterm, 10 Smith students gave hands-on lessons to 15 students in Northampton’s JFK Middle School. Smith’s January Science Teaching Fellowship Program provides Smith students with a one-week teaching stint in local public schools. More...