Increase financial support for faculty scholarship and creative work

Grants for faculty research, seed funding to develop projects to attract national grants and fellowships, and an innovation fund for tenured faculty will strengthen Franklin & Marshall’s reputation for excellence in research and teaching.

Expand opportunities for student-faculty research

Among the many opportunities for one-on-one research with faculty, the College’s Hackman Scholarship every year enables F&M students to gain hands-on research experience. Resources such as a $1.4 million Howard Hughes Medical Institute grant allow students to conduct graduate-level research in such areas as genetics that have immediate impacts on clinical care.

Institutionalize our signature Common Hour program

With guests including astrophysicist Brian Greene, Teach for America Founder Wendy Kopp, health policy scholar Paul Starr, philosopher Cornel West and Supreme Court reporter Nina Totenberg, Common Hour builds and nourishes our community with lectures and performances each Thursday during the academic year.

Extend the impact of the Phillips Museum of Art

The museum has emerged as a significant site of collaboration and innovation. For example, the Hudson River School exhibit, being shown in Fall 2013 at F&M—and for the first time outside New York—will align art with research as three historians participate in a panel discussion on the artists of the exhibit’s masterworks.