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Emilie Jensen '13 earned a College Colloquium Student Research Grant to conduct ecological field research with the guidance of biology Professor Susan Kephart.Emilie Jensen '13 earned a College Colloquium Student Research Grant to conduct ecological field research with the guidance of biology Professor Susan Kephart.

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Willamette earns grant to continue undergraduate research program

Willamette University has earned a Rose E. Tucker Charitable Trust grant in the amount of $40,000, an award that allows the College Colloquium Student Research Grant program legacy to continue.

Additionally, the award will support 33 faculty development grants at $500 each, which can be used for projects that enhance teaching in the classroom — everything from class attendance at musicals to guest speakers to new textbooks.

College Colloquium is a program for all first-year students that acclimates them to the Willamette academic environment while giving them an in-depth look at a topic of interest. Students can choose from more than 30 topics, and their Colloquium professor also serves as their first academic advisor.

This is the fourth year that the Trust has funded the College Colloquium grant program, which awards up to six grants of $3,500 each to students who want to continue exploring their Colloquium topic through an independent research or creative project.

The projects take place during the summer between their freshman and sophomore year and may be artistic, literary, investigative, interdisciplinary or performative.

Past projects include a documentary film about Rwanda's efforts to recover from genocide, teaching photography to children in South Africa as part of an exploration of art as a political force, investigating weighted pebbling numbers of graphs and theorems concerning them, and many more.

To learn more about student grant opportunities, visit Student Academic Grants and Awards. To read about some of the most recent College Colloquium grant-winners, check out this feature article.

10-26-2010