By Brian Sobotko '16

Williams receives funding for women’s studies in science

Williams College has been awarded $246,440 in a grant from the Clare Boothe Luce Program to support women in the physical sciences and mathematics.  The grant will establish a Clare Boothe Luce research scholars program at Williams to encourage more student majors in astrophysics, computer science, geoscience, mathematics, statistics and physics.

The program will establish fellowships for three cohorts of eight women. The students would conduct research during the summers after their sophomore and junior years, then complete an honors thesis their senior year.

The program is designed to build a bond among the cohort and also heighten the scholars’ connections with women in the fields in an attempt to develop a network at Williams and beyond.

“Research and education enjoy an intimate connection at Williams,” says President Adam Falk. “Our science faculty subscribe to the belief that students learn science best by doing it. We hope this program can be a path to encourage more women into active engagement with these majors.”

$200,000 grant supports Muslim Women Voices Project at Wesleyan

The Wesleyan Center for the Arts (CFA) has received a grant of $200,000 to support the campus’s Muslim Women Voices Project during the 2014-15 season. The project is part of the Creative Campus initiative and presents theater, music and dance performances by women from nine different countries.

The Wesleyan CFA is one of six organizations chosen this year to receive a grant distributed by the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, a national service group.

“An essential part of Wesleyan’s mission as a residential undergraduate institution is ‘to build a diverse, energetic community of students, faculty and staff who think critically and creatively and who value independence of mind and generosity of spirit,’” said CFA Director Pamela Tatge. “This project will feature extraordinary artists from around the globe and will assist us in building a more inclusive and dynamic campus community while at the same time catalyzing important dialogues within our region.”

The performances will be supplemented by events including workshops, lectures and informal talks with artists, as well as two new courses.


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