Spotlight on Awards

March 5, 2019. Dr. David Rupke, associate professor of physics, received a grant from the Space Telescope Science Institute in support of the project titled, “Galactic Winds across the Gas-Rich Merger Sequence.”

February 20, 2019. Dr. Laura Kelly, assistant professor of educational studies, was selected as a Periclean Faculty Leader by Project Pericles, for the term April 2019 through March 2020. The award will support Kelly’s development of a civic engagement course titled, “Issues at the Intersection of Education and Immigration.”

February 15, 2019.  Rhodes College received a grant of nearly $1.2 million from the National Science Foundation, through the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program, which is named for a pioneer of semiconductor development and co-founder of Intel Corporation. The NSF Noyce program aims to meet the growing local and national need for highly qualified science, technology, engineering and mathematics teachers. The project’s principal investigator is Dr. Zac Casey, assistant professor of educational studies; co-PIs are Dr. Jonathan Fitz Gerald (associate professor of biology), Dr. Dana Horgen (assistant professor of chemistry), and Dr. Chris Seaton (associate professor of mathematics). Read more about Rhodes’ program here.

December 6, 2018. Dr. Kenny Morrell, associate professor of Greek and Roman studies, received a grant from Associated Colleges of the South for “Studying Cultures of the Ancient Mediterranean.”

May 22, 2018Dr. Jennifer Dabbs Sciubba (International Studies) received a grant from the Peter G. Peterson Foundation for her research entitled, “The Role of Institutions in Shaping America’s Future Demographics.” This study will contribute to US 2050, an initiative of the Peterson Foundation and the Ford Foundation to examine and analyze the multiple demographic, socioeconomic, and fiscal trends that will shape the nation in the decades ahead.

Dr. Sciubba’s project will examine how current U.S. immigration laws are continuing to reshape America’s demographic composition in terms of both age and race/ethnicity, and the political and economic motivations of those who migrate to the U.S.

February 27, 2018. Physics and chemistry major Phillips Hutchison ’19 was selected for the 2018 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) in Boulder, Colorado. SURF is a program of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (U.S. Dept. of Commerce), designed to give students a unique research experience alongside a scientist mentor, with the goal of inspiring them to pursue careers in STEM. The project Hutchison worked on was “Exploring how nonlinear photonics makes a frequency comb.” The 11-week SURF program includes a stipend, travel and housing expenses. Dr. Greg Vieira (physics) nominated Hutchison for this opportunity.