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Grants and Faculty News

Franklin & Marshall College science faculty have a proud tradition of external grant support for their research.

Over the past 10 years the science faculty have held 51 grants from the National Science Foundation, nine grants from the American Chemical Society, eight NASA grants, five grants from the National Institute of Health, and grants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, and the Toyota, Dreyfus, and Oxford foundations, among others. Nine F&M faculty have received Research Corporation for Science Advancement (formerly Research Corporation) Cottrell College Science Awards in the past 10 years. This is the oldest national foundation for the sciences. Seven of the nine faculty are from the Chemistry Department and two are from the Physics and Astronomy Department.

Our undergraduate students directly benefit from these grants by working in collaboration with faculty on research projects over the summer and academic year.

  • Professor Ardia Research
  • How Birds Learn to Cope
  • Associate Professor of Biology Dan Ardia and two student researchers are studying how birds cope with changes to their environments, part of a larger body of work examining how animal species may react to Earth's changing climate conditions.

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  • Plass Receives 5-year NSF Award
  • With the help of a CAREER grant from the National Science Foundation, Kate Plass aims to create less-expensive solar cell technology.

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  • Brewer Receives 5-year NSF Grant
  • Brewer, assistant professor of chemistry, has received a five-year, $403,115 CAREER grant from the National Science Foundation to support his project, “Probing Protein Folding Using Site-Specifically Encoded Unnatural Amino Acids.”

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Cottrell College Science Awards

In the last 10 years, Franklin & Marshall College won more Cottrell College Science Awards than any other liberal arts college.