Steady Flow of National Grants, Fellowships and Scholarships Affirm Stonehill’s Reputation for Excellence

February 27, 2017


When Stonehill College was singled out by the National Science Foundation in 2013 for a $1.19 million Noyce Grant in support of mathematics education, it was hard to imagine a grant of that magnitude and prestige coming its way again anytime soon.

 Yet two years later, the NSF was back — this time to award biology professor Bronwyn Heather Bleakley with $899,000 to expand her lab and fund new research and mentorship experiences for her students.

 And the trend continues.

 Prominent private foundations and federal research agencies ­have in growing numbers awarded grants, fellowships and scholarships to the College, its faculty and students.

“An indication of the quality and accomplishments of our students and faculty is their having been recognized with some of the most prestigious and highly competitive awards, grants, fellowships and scholarships,” notes Craig Kelley, dean of academic achievement.

For students entering competitive fields after graduation, these accomplishments offer a distinct advantage and mark them as people of uncommon character and intellect. Even when the awards go to the College and its faculty, graduates benefit from the fact that such honors further strengthen Stonehill’s reputation for excellence.

 Here is a sampling of stories that chronicle a trend that reflects Stonehill’s rigorous academics and commitment to excellence.

Stonehill Student 1 of 260 in U.S. to Receive Goldwater Science Scholarship

Goldwater Scholars have impressive academic qualifications that have helped them garner the attention of top postgraduate fellowship programs. Recent winners have been awarded 86 Rhodes Scholarships, 123 Marshall Awards, 123 Churchill Scholarships and numerous other distinguished fellowships, such as the National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowships.

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Political Science Professor Awarded Fulbright Fellowship to Armenia

Anna Ohanyan, currently chair of the Political Science Department, used the fellowship to teach courses in contemporary global issues and international organizations to Armenian university students. Her goal, of course, was to impart knowledge to her students. But more importantly, she wanted to change the way they learn and give them the necessary skills to succeed in the world outside the classroom.

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NSF Bestows Its Most Prestigious Award on Stonehill Biology Professor

 “To receive a grant of this magnitude and scope from the NSF represents a major endorsement of the quality of scientific research being conducted at the College today,” says Provost Joseph Favazza of Professor Bronwyn Heather Bleakley. “Professor Bleakley is charting exciting territory, and in doing so, she is including her students in the process. Her exceptional skill as a faculty mentor gives our students remarkable and practical opportunities to grow as scientific researchers.”

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$1.2M Noyce Scholarship Program Helps Address Nation’s Math Dilemma

This competitive five-year grant supports Stonehill programs such as the Noyce Undergraduate Research Experience (NURE) program, student teacher scholarships and the NUMB3RS Project, a series of programs for students in which they explore the unique opportunity to think in new ways about the teaching and learning of mathematics.

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College Receives $300,000 Luce Grant to Support Female Science Majors

“This is a significant and generous grant, one that reflects belief in the rigor of the College’s STEM programs,” said Professor Ralph Bravaco, founder of Stonehill’s Computer Science Program. “It will allow us to expand and strengthen the work we do in classrooms and in labs, and especially in encouraging young women to enter and succeed in the STEM fields.”

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Economics and Environmental Studies Major Wins Coveted EPA Fellowship

The Environmental Protection Agency’s $50,000 Greater Research Opportunities Fellowship for Undergraduate Environmental Study supported Thomas Gumbley’s final two years at Stonehill and included an internship with an EPA-funded research project.

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Environmental Science Major Wins Coveted Two-Year NOAA Scholarship

“My passion lies within climate science and battling climate change, which is why an internship with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is a dream come true,” says Emily Van Auken ’18, who would like to pursue a career in climatology and was one of only 125 students nationwide selected for the program.

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Stonehill Graduate Awarded Fulbright Teaching Assistantship

Joseph Gale ’13 was awarded a prestigious Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Turkey for the 2015-2016 school year. He credits his experience at Stonehill, and in particular history professor James Wadsworth, with helping prepare him for the rigorous challenges that come with both the Teach for America and Fulbright programs.

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Fulbright Summer Institute Scholarship Sends Economics Major to Wales

Erica Cordatos ’19 spent the summer studying at Bangor University, Cardiff University and Aberystwyth University through one of the most prestigious and selective summer scholarship programs operating worldwide.

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Sociology Major 1 of Only 7 in Massachusetts to Be Named Newman Fellow

“For me, service work is crucial because I believe in supporting those in our community who have the least resources and political voice,” says Cristianie DePina ’18. “Stonehill has given me opportunities to take leadership roles that not only enhance the impact I have on issues such as homelessness and racism, but also allow me to share my passion and skills with other budding activists.”

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