Emmanuel College received a $294,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation’s Clare Boothe Luce (CBL) Program for Women in STEM in support of 24 CBL undergraduate research awards in chemistry, biophysics, bioinformatics, and mathematics. Led by Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Program Director Dr. Michelle Watt, and in conjunction with the Women in Science at Emmanuel (WISE) initiative, this generous grant will enable the College and its faculty to build upon its commitment to advancing women in STEM fields by significantly expanding upon hands-on research opportunities.
Emmanuel College received a six-year, $529,500 award from Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) to fund transformative efforts to address the historic lack of diversity in the sciences. Through the Inclusive Excellence 3 (IE3) grant, Emmanuel and HHMI will collaborate to reflect on inclusive excellence and to foster an educational environment that seeks to dismantle the effects of systemic racism. Led by Dr. Anupama Seshan, associate professor of biology and HHMI Inclusive Excellence 3 program director, the College seeks to shift the institution from deficit- to achievement-oriented thinking and practices through five overlapping areas of activity: continuing education; inclusive curricula; student empowerment; inclusive collaboration; and broader approaches to institutional transformation. Leadership for the initiative represents areas across the Emmanuel community, including biology faculty and staff/administration from the offices of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Academic Affairs, Academic Advising, the Academic Resource Center (ARC) and Institutional Research.
Emmanuel College received a grant of $500,000 over 10 years from Cummings Foundation’s $25 Million Grant Program in support of the Emmanuel Business Collaborative (EBC). The EBC plans to use the funding support from Cummings Foundation to remove barriers related to program participation for local organizations that lack financial resources. While EBC-partner organizations gain useful input from student “consultants,” participation in a live-case project can represent an “opportunity cost” for new entrepreneurs who are often juggling multiple responsibilities associated with funding, business operations, marketing, etc.
Associate Professor of Biology Dr. Jason Kuehner was awarded a three-year, $372,026 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Research in Undergraduate Institutions (RUI) to examine control of DNA traffic and regulation of gene expression.
Emmanuel College formally launched the PEER->CELL program, funded by a $50,000 grant from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center. The Persons Excluded for Ethnicity or Race (PEER) Center of Excellence in Leadership and Life Sciences (CELL) program has been designed not only to prepare these students for successful careers in the field, but to cultivate a diverse talent pipeline for the ever-growing number of life sciences companies in Massachusetts. Led by Associate Professor of Biology and incoming Associate Dean of the School of Science & Health Padraig Deighan, the PEER->CELL program will serve 32 traditionally underrepresented students across the Colleges of the Fenway (COF).