Dr. E.H. and Dr. Jeanne Donlevy Arnold Establish Grant Program

Longtime LVC supporters Dr. E.H. Arnold H’87 and Dr. Jeanne Donlevy Arnold H’08 established The Edward H. Arnold and Jeanne Donlevy Arnold Program for Experiential Education in 2011. Through the program, the Arnolds will award up to $50,000 per year to support student-faculty research, independent student summer research, and independent student internships. The program is now in its second year.

One purpose of the experiential learning grants is to stimulate student-faculty collaborative research, and it seems to be working. In its first year, the research projects were diverse, ranging from algae to mobile apps, and autism to record labels. That has continued in 2012, as eight research projects were selected from fields such a language, painting, criminology, and photochemistry. The Arnolds hope that the program will “enable faculty to engage students in research across the curriculum and possibly open new avenues of exploration previously unconsidered.”

Another purpose of the grants is to encourage students to take advantage of powerful internship opportunities that will provide valuable, résumé-boosting experience. This year’s winners have secured exciting internships in Pittsburgh, Nashville, and Washington, D.C.

Funds were awarded through a systematic process overseen by Dr. Michael Green, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty, and the Arnold Grant Selection Committee which includes faculty representatives from the three major academic divisions. Dr. Owen Moe, chair and Vernon and Doris Bishop Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, represented the science division; Dr. Renee Norris, associate professor of music, represented the humanities division; and Dr. David Setley, assistant professor of business administration, represented the social science division. Sharon Givler, director of career services, evaluated the internship applications.

“We want to provide high impact experiences for the students,” Green said. “Student-faculty research across the curriculum is a hallmark signature of the College. We are thrilled to have so much interest in a program that places academics front and center.”

The first grants were awarded in the 2010-2011 academic year. Specifically, the experiential learning grants will fund:
  • Campus-based student/faculty research projects across the curriculum;
  • Independent summer student research or scholarly projects; and
  • Independent student domestic or international internships.
Award ranges for each of the three categories:
  • Student-faculty research projects can request grant funding in the range of $3,000 to $10,000 each.
  • Independent student research project proposals can request from $500 to $3,000 each.
  • Internship experience proposals can request from $500 to $3,000 each.

“These grants will help remove financial impediments and enable students to pursue research and internship opportunities they could not previously consider due to their personal economic situation,” Ed and Jeanne noted. “The program will enable faculty to engage students in research across the curriculum and possibly open new avenues of exploration previously unconsidered.”