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Funding Sources

Beltmann Fund

The Beltmann Fund provides support for student-faculty research in the Physical Sciences (Chemistry, Geology, Physics) during the summer by providing stipends for students and faculty. These endowed funds were given to Macalester by Mr. Albert Beltmann, who was a student at Macalester in the post World War I era. Some of the funds were given to honor his wife, Violet Olson Beltmann, who was his chemistry lab instructor at Macalester. Faculty must provide a description of the scientific project that is planned, and of how the student will participate.

Student/Faculty Summer Research Collaboration

The Student/Faculty Summer Research Collaboration program is funded by the W.M. Keck Foundation along with gifts from alumni, friends, corporations and other foundations.

The Student-Faculty Summer Research Collaboration Program enables teams of Macalester faculty and students to engage in significant projects over a four to ten week period during the summer. Projects must be related to the faculty member's curricular, pedagogical, scholarly, or creative interests and should be planned and executed by the student and faculty member working together. The projects should be designed to permit completion of a substantial portion of the work during the summer and result in a creative product by the student (a musical score or work of art exhibited for public, critical review; an honors project or co-authored poster or paper for publication or presentation at a professional meeting; a curriculum module or technology application to be implemented by the faculty; etc.) to be completed by the end of the subsequent academic year.

Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation

The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation makes grants to program-related, non-profit research institutions to promote research in chemisty and the life sciences, and particularly to foster the invention of methods, instruments and materials that will open up new avenues of research in science. Arnold O. Beckman was the leader in establishing the modern instrumentation industry by creating innovative measuring and monitoring tools.

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Lilly Grant
The purpose of the Lilly Project is to explore and reflect upon the relationship between the work that we do and the values we hold. From the personal to the global, the Project sponsors programs designed to investigate how moral and ethical concerns shape our personal, national, and international understandings of work itself and our own working lives. Some programs guide students in discerning the ideological content of work and the ethical questions embedded in particular types of work. Others offer students opportunities to explore their own values commitments and put them to work in specific settings. Still others aid students in developing their own vocational trajectories, designed around religious or philosophical commitments.

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Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program
The fundamental objective of MMUF is to increase the number of minority students, and others with a demonstrated commitment to eradicating racial disparities, who will pursue PhDs in core fields in the arts and sciences. The program aims to reduce over time the serious underrepresentation on the faculties of individuals from certain minority groups, as well as to address the attendant educational consequences of these disparities.

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National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Individual faculty members are awarded grants through the individual institutes of NIH to support their research programs. Faculty members who currently have NIH grants include Eric Wiertelak (Psychology, Cognitive & Neuroscience Studies; grant from the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine). Each faculty member may invite students to assist with the research and will establish application guidelines.

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National Park Service (NPS)

The National Park Service funded several St. Croix National Scenic Riverway
research grants. The research grants focus on improving the understanding
of rare mussels living in the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway through
demographic analysis, distribution studies, and modeling of endangered
species. More information about the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway is on the National Park Service web site (http://www.nps.gov/sacn/). More information about the National Park Service is available at http://www.nps.gov/.

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National Science Foundation (NSF)

Individual faculty members are awarded NSF grants to support their research programs. Faculty members who currently have NSF grants include Mark Davis (Biology), Tom Halverson (Mathematics and Computer Science), James Heyman (Physics and Astronomy), Tom Varberg (chemistry) and Jim Doyle (Physics and Astronomy). Each faculty member may invite students to assist with the research and will establish application guidelines.

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Wallace Fund

The Wallace endowment provides funds for faculty scholarship and associated research expenses. DeWitt Wallace '11 and his wife, Lila, were co-founders of the Reader's Digest and were major benefactors of Macalester, donating more than $50 million to the college in their lifetime. DeWitt Wallace, who died in 1981, was the son of James Wallace, a dedicated and highly regarded early faculty member and president of Macalester. Money from an endowment fund established by Dewitt and Lila Wallace for Macalester continues to provide major support for several of the college's programs, including Wallace Research Grants for faculty. The Wallace Research Grants are intended to support all types of research and creative activity. Funds, up to a maximum of $7,000 may be requested for any research needs, and proposals may include a personal summer stipend.

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Three Rivers Mellon grant

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded a grant to Macalester College in July 2007 to support the development of the Three Rivers Center. The aim of Three Rivers Center is four-fold: 1) to innovate, assess and refine curriculum that takes advantage of the diverse learning opportunities the Three Rivers offer; 2) to extend conventional instruction into the field through field-based modules integrated into courses and through student-faculty research collaborations undertaken primarily in the summer; 3) to upgrade existing instructional and research facilities and capacities to support the initiative; and 4) to establish and upgrade the human infrastructure for learning, including the creation of long-term partnerships with community groups, academic entities and government organizations.

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