What Does This Committee Do?


The Office of College Grants administers institutional grants awarded by the Committee on Grants (COG) from proposals submitted throughout the academic year. This program provides faculty and students with supplemental funding for creative research projects in arts and humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.

The main purpose of COG grants is either to provide seed money for projects that will eventually attract outside funding, or to support work where outside funds are not available. 

During the 2016-2017 academic year, COG awarded more than $49,000 to support 44 faculty research projects and $41,000 to support 60 student research and creative projects. An additional $300,000 from the Hackman Summer Scholar research fund supported 71 students on 56 collaborative research projects with faculty during the summer of 2017.  Another $61,500 of internal grant funds supported 17 Summer Scholars doing research work with 14 faculty members.

The Autumn and Spring Research Fairs provide opportunities for each student to bring together the tangible results of the collective research effort conducted over the past summer and academic year.