Mini-Grant

Purpose

The Mellon funded multi-year initiative The Arts and the Common Good seeks to illustrate the various ways in which the arts – in concert and dialogue with other areas of exploration and knowledge – help us understand what the common good is (and what it is not), how we can achieve this good, and what we must do to strengthen, expand, and sustain it. The mini-grants are designed to engage students in all disciplines with this endeavor and promote interdisciplinary exploration of such themes as: “the arts and invention/generation,” “the arts and public discourse,” “the arts and risk,” “the arts and imagination,” “the arts and difference,” and “the arts and the communication of ideas.” This can be achieved, for example, through conference and workshop attendance, independent research, organizing campus events (concerts, performances, exhibits, etc.), internships, and special projects.

Deadlines

We are no longer accepting applications for Mellon ACG student grants.

 

Funding Amount

A maximum of $1,000 per request.  The Mellon Advisory Committee sets the funding limit and reviews it periodically.  The limit may vary according to the size of the budgetary allocation and the number of applications received in a given year.

Use of Funds

The funds are to be used to cover expenses directly incurred by the student.

Eligible Expenses

Costs for the following have been viewed as eligible: travel and other expenses related to conferences, conventions, and workshops; travel to libraries and research collections; materials for special projects; organizing a campus event, internship funding. The Committee will also consider requests outside of this description if accompanied by a full explanation of the project.

Applications

Submit your application by filling out the form and sending to Kimberly Rhodes, Art History Department (krhodes@drew.edu, DOYO 113D, Ext. 3757).  Please note that students must identify a faculty sponsor who will 1. Write a recommendation for the student that speaks to both the merits of the project as related to “the arts and the common good” and the student’s ability to complete the project and 2. oversee the student’s project. Please provide all of the information requested.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.  An applicant may be requested to provide more details than contained in the initial application if members of the Mellon Advisory Committee deem this necessary.

Payment of Grant

The student will be presented with the grant in full at time of the award.

Reports

Upon completion of the grant activity and no later than the end of the semester for which the funding was granted grant recipients must submit a brief report to Kimberly Rhodes (krhodes@drew.edu, DOYO 113D, Ext. 3757).  Grant recipients may also be asked to participate in a public event held on campus at the end of the academic year to reflect on the progress of the initiative.

Report Format

Reports should include:

  • A brief description of the activities completed
  • An accounting of expenditures
  • A brief description of outcomes in relation to The Arts and the Common Good initiative.

Prospectus and Application

Mellon Arts and the Common Good Student Mini-Grant Application

Faculty-Mentored Student Research Grant

Purpose

The Mellon funded multi-year initiative The Arts and the Common Good seeks to illustrate the various ways in which the arts – in concert and dialogue with other areas of exploration and knowledge – help us understand what the common good is (and what it is not), how we can achieve this good, and what we must do to strengthen, expand, and sustain it. The faculty-mentored student research grants are designed to support collaborative projects between students and faculty on environmental, scientific, psychological, political, social justice, and community issues that include/impact the arts in some way. These projects could take the form of traditional research leading towards publication or conference presentation; an exhibition or performance; a symposium or lecture series; a film series; or other public program. Although the research is meant to happen in the summer, the final project could be presented during the academic year.

Eligibility

Grants may be awarded to members of the faculty and students of the College of Liberal Arts. When the Mellon Advisory Committee considers applications, priority will be given to applications from tenured or tenure-track faculty, followed by full-time non-tenure-track faculty, and then part-time faculty.

Deadlines

April 1, 2016 for Summer 2016 and academic year 2016-17

Funding Amount

$2,500 stipend for student; $2,500 for faculty mentor; $2,500 for research/project costs, including travel, materials, conference attendance, etc.

Applications

Submit your application by filling out the form below and sending it to Kimberly Rhodes, Art History Department (krhodes@drew.edu) no later than March 23, 2015.  Please provide all of the information requested.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.  An applicant may be requested to provide more details than contained in the initial application if members of the Mellon Advisory Committee deem this necessary.

Submission of Receipts

Receipts for all grant expenses, accompanied by the final grant report, should be submitted to Kimberly Rhodes (DOYO 113D, Ext. 3757) upon completion of the grant activity and no later than the end of the semester for which the funding was granted.  Grant expenses will not be reimbursed until the report is submitted.  IRS regulations provide that research grant funds are taxable as income to the recipient unless grant recipients submit receipts for all expenditures related to the grant, including copies of personal checks when appropriate. Receipts for travel must be provided in accordance with the University Travel Regulations.

Reports

Upon completion of the grant activity and no later than the end of the semester for which the funding was granted grant recipients must submit a brief report along with their receipts. Grant recipients may also be asked to participate in a public event held on campus at the end of the academic year to reflect on the progress of the initiative.

Report format

Reports should include:

  • A brief description of the activities completed;
  • An accounting of expenditures
  • A brief description of outcomes in relation to The Arts and the Common Good initiative (will you be integrating new interdisciplinary ideas into your teaching? have you found new avenues for research? will you collaborate with an arts department on campus or an outside arts organization? have you organized a campus event?).

Prospectus and Application

Mellon Arts and the Common Good Faculty-Mentored Student Research Grant

Recipients

Summer and Fall 2014

  • Elizabeth Caroscio: funding to bring Anne Percoco to Fernfest for “New Growth” tours
  • McKenzie Chapman with faculty sponsor Edmond Chang (English): funding for Digital Humanities student group to visit the Museum of Arts and Design in NYC to view the exhibition “Out of Hand: Materializing the Postdigital”
  • Kate Fisher: funding to revitalize Drew Community Garden
  • Minna Nizam with faculty sponsor John Muccigrosso (Classics): funding to support research in Umbria, Italy on how archaeological excavations impact local communities
  • Eugene Shim: funding for the Open Source Theme House to screen the documentary film “Us and the Game Industry”
  • Taylor Tracy with faculty sponsor Louis Hamilton (Comparative Religion): funding to support research of how Gustav Stickley’s Arts and Crafts movement ideologies have influenced contemporary sustainability projects in New York City

January and Spring 2015

  • Bella Dapilma with faculty sponsor Ebenezer Obiri Addo (Pan African Studies): Drew African Students’ Association Fashion Arts and Music Festival
  • Kate Eggleston with faculty sponsor Ahni Kruger (Art): Combat Paper Presentation
  • Nathan Forster with faculty sponsor Kimani Fowlin (Theatre & Dance): Dance Performance
  • Jessica Haba with faculty sponsor Louis Hamilton (Comparative Religion): Medieval Garden
  • Minna Nizam with faculty sponsor Louis Hamilton (Comparative Religion): Medieval Garden
  • Kameron Raynor with faculty sponsor Louis Hamilton (Comparative Religion): Medieval Garden
  • Samantha Steele with faculty sponsor Trevor Weston (Music): All of the Above January Tour
  • Miho Watabe with faculty sponsor Allan Dawson (Anthropology): research support for Anthropology Honor’s Thesis on minorities in comic books Masked Minorities Project Website
  • Nathan Williams with faculty sponsor Joshua Kavaloski (German): “Tourism, German National Identity and the Lorsch Abbey”

Summer and Fall 2015

  • Lindsey Altongy with faculty sponsor Sandra Jamieson (English): Photo Essay & Blog Entry on Women Building the Nation Conference
  • Haviland Atha-Simonton with faculty mentor Louis Hamilton (Comparative Religion): faculty-mentored student research grant
  • Gina-anne Cameron-Turner with faculty mentor Louis Hamilton (Comparative Religion): faculty-mentored student research grant
  • Bella Dapilma with faculty sponsor Jonathan Golden (Comparative Religion): Poetry Slam “In Regards to YOU”
  • Adjonte’ De Vine with faculty sponsor Adam Cassano (Biochemistry): applying digital and fine arts visualization tools to the study of biochemistry
  • Drew African Students’ Association with faculty sponsor Ebenezer Obiri Addo (Pan African Studies): Interactive Village
  • Nikita Fedenchenko with faculty mentor Minjoon Kouh (Physics): faculty-mentored student research grant Drew Timelapse Compilation Video
  • Pearl Yea-eun Lee with faculty sponsor Kesha Moore (Sociology): “The Baby Box—Seoul, South Korea”
  • Sebastiano Pigazzi with faculty mentor Giandomenico Sarolli (Economics): faculty-mentored student research grant
  • Shannon Slowey with faculty sponsors Valerie Hegarty and Lisa Jordan (Environmental Studies and Sustainability): Simon Forum education mural on bottled water consumption
  • Nathan Williams with faculty mentor Louis Hamilton (Comparative Religion): faculty-mentored student research grant
  • Sangay Yeshi with faculty mentor Minjoon Kouh (Physics): faculty-mentored student research grant Drew Timelapse Compilation Video

January and Spring 2016

  • Baldwin Honors Junior Initiative with faculty sponsor Louis Hamilton (Comparative Religion): international film festival
  • Drew African Students Association (DASA) with faculty sponsor Ebenezer Obiri Addo (Pan African Studies): DASA Fashion Show
  • Gabriele Hiltl-Cohen with faculty sponsor Louis Hamilton (Comparative Religion): creating sculpture for Medieval Garden
  • Christine Marten with faculty sponsor Amy Koritz (Center for Civic Engagement & English): senior Civic Engagement project/video gaming fundraiser

 Summer and Fall 2016

  • Brianna Donofrio with faculty sponsor Leslie Sprout (Music): senior Civic Engagement project/music fundraiser
  • Salome Escobar-Chaffee with faculty sponsor Rebecca Solderholm (Art): faculty-mentored student research grant
  • Ben Ludeman with faculty sponsor Sandra Jamieson (English): sports photography/athletes and the arts
  • Chloe Martins with faculty sponsor Jim Bazewicz (Theatre and Dance): environmentally sustainable set design
  • Lauren Monopoli with faculty sponsor Ryan Hinrichs (Chemistry & Environmental Studies and Sustainability): faculty-mentored student research grant
  • Marta Muncharaz with faculty sponsors Jennifer Kohn and GianDomenico Sarolli (Economics and Business): faculty-mentored student research grant
  • Robotics Club with faculty sponsor Minjoon Kouh (Physics): STEAM event
  • Michelle Taliento with faculty sponsor Lisa Brenner (Theatre and Dance): develop playwriting program for Newark public school students at the Dr. Marion A. Bolden Student Center
  • Esther Tobe with faculty sponsor Margaret Kuntz (Art History): Institute for Curatorial Studies at Hampshire College summer research
  • Ivy Wong with faculty sponsor Kimberly Rhodes (Art History): public art exhibition exploring race at Drew