Grants to support student research and teacher training at Hope College

HOLLAND — A collection of grants from the Michigan Space Grant Consortium will support research by Hope College students and faculty and provide STEM support to area school districts.

Hope College received $84,000 to support 15 projects in this grant cycle. The grants include 11 student research grants, two faculty research seed grants, and two grants focused on supporting the STEM program.

Hope will provide additional support, including stipends for students conducting research during the summer, and matching funds for faculty and institutional projects.

Susan Ipri Brown, director of ExploreHope Academic Outreach and assistant professor of engineering, has received two program support grants that will be used to support STEM initiatives.

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One grant will be used for a program called “STEM Teacher Preparation”. This will expand the mentorship and training aspect of ExploreHope summer camps with the goal of better preparing future science and math teachers.

The second will support “Engineering the Future Academies,” which will facilitate collaborations with youth-serving organizations and school districts in the Holland region to provide STEM supplies, training, and camp scholarships.

The students who received scholarships are Gabriel Balk, Dylan Clem, Skylar DeWitt, Bridget Gagnier, Sarah Grimes, Lindsay Jankowski, Ethan Jansen, Nicholas Kaipainen, Halle McGuire, Evan Thomas and William Vance. Each will explore a specific research topic with a professor.

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Michigan Space Grant Consortium grants will support 15 projects at Hope College, including 11 student research grants.

Two professors received seed grants for research. Jeffery Christians, Assistant Professor of Engineering, will explore “Understanding the Radiation Tolerance of Perovskite Halogenated Materials.” Assistant Professor of Biology Kelly Ronald will research a project titled “A New Canary in the Coal Mine: The House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) as a Model for Studying the Effects of Nanoparticles on Air Pollution.”

The Michigan Space Grant Consortium, part of the National Space Grant Consortium, aims to “foster awareness, education, and research in space-related science and technology.

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