Emmanuel Faculty Members Awarded $1 Million in National Science Foundation Grants

I am very proud and thrilled with this achievement. I know it will make a huge impact on our student-scientists, and it affirms Emmanuel as a destination for inquiry-based learning and scientific discovery.

Despite intense nationwide competition, Emmanuel College faculty members won grants for each of the three projects they submitted for funding in NSF’s most recent application cycle. The resources will drive scientific discovery at Emmanuel by underwriting student research internships during the summer and throughout the academic year. These hands-on collaborations with distinguished faculty members prepare Emmanuel undergraduates exceptionally well for success in prestigious graduate programs and in science-related fields. At many other institutions, such experiences are available only to graduate students.

“This is an amazing achievement,” said Josef Kurtz, professor of biology and Emmanuel’s dean for strategic program development and partnerships. “In today’s funding climate, the need for federal grant applicants to demonstrate both outstanding scientific merit and student engagement is greater than ever. Given the odds, winning even one NSF grant would have been remarkable. Our faculty was a perfect three for three.”

The grants bring the cumulative value of federal research funds received by Emmanuel’s faculty to over $2 million, covering projects across biology, chemistry, mathematics, neuroscience and physics. In 2015, Emmanuel College ranked among Massachusetts’ top 10 primarily undergraduate institutions conducting research actively funded by grants from the NSF and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Other institutions included Amherst College, Wellesley College and Williams College.


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