When Paolo Cucchi retired in 2008, his colleagues at Drew wanted to honor him in a way that would reflect the ideals he nurtured during his 24 years as dean of the College of Liberal Arts. “Academic excellence, certainly,” says Kathleen Madden, a professor of mathematics and former assistant dean, “but also the collaboration of academic research and the growth of our international programs.”
The answer came in the form of the Paolo Cucchi Student Research Fund, which will aid Drew students engaged in academic research outside the classroom. Faculty, staff, alumni and trustees contributed to the fund, now fully endowed.
“I think it’s wonderful,” says Cucchi, who, for the first time in three decades, is spending fall away from the Forest. “When I was dean, I often would get requests from students who had wonderful research topics, but they required spending time off campus, and we had no funds for that purpose.”
The first Cucchi research students are now at work on the history of Mexican-American education and p53, the tumor suppressor protein.—Christopher Hann