College Receives $700,000 Grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Will provide support for mentored undergraduate research

May 3, 2013 by John Hopkins

WOOSTER, Ohio, May 3, 2013 – The College of Wooster has received a four-year, $700,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support three initiatives that will further strengthen and enhance its students’ mentored undergraduate research experiences. The grant was made by the foundation’s Liberal Arts Colleges Program.

The college will invest one portion of the grant to support interdisciplinary and collaborative summer research by faculty-student teams in the humanities and social sciences, including providing research stipends for the students.

Another portion of the grant will be used to enhance the annual Senior Research Symposium, where students showcase the results of their year-long mentored research projects, by providing support for students to learn and apply new technologies and other elements of the approach called digital humanities to create research projects that go beyond words on paper.

Finally, the grant will support the further development and expansion of programs to help faculty increase their capacity to mentor students in the development of oral and written communication skills.

According to its website, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s Liberal Arts Colleges Program “regards the humanities, arts, and ‘humanistic’ social sciences as its primary domain of interest” and among of the goals of grants made by the program are “strengthening the academic infrastructure of liberal arts colleges” and “providing additional research and professional opportunities for faculty members”.

The College of Wooster is America’s premier college for mentored undergraduate research. Wooster offers an excellent, comprehensive liberal arts education, culminating in a rigorous senior project, in which each student works one-on-one with a faculty mentor to conceive, organize and complete a significant research project on a topic of the student’s own choosing. Through this distinctive program, every Wooster student develops abilities valued by employers and graduate schools alike: independent judgment, analytical ability, creativity, project-management and time-management skills, and strong written and oral communication skills. Founded in 1866, the college enrolls approximately 2,000 students.