Gannon Awarded NSF Grant

Gannon Awarded NSF GrantPosted: November 2, 2011

A grant of $385,919 to Gannon from the National Science Foundation will allow the University to strengthen its support for female faculty members in science, engineering and related fields.

Gannon recently was awarded a five-year, ADVANCE-PAID (Partnerships for Adaptation, Implementation and Dissemination) grant. The grant is designed to help the University more effectively recruit, retain and advance women faculty in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) disciplines.

Melanie Hatch, Ph.D., dean of Gannon’s College of Engineering and Business, is the principal investigator for the grant. Serving as co-principal investigators are Elisa Konieczko, Ph.D., professor, biology; Weslene Tallmadge, Ph.D., associate professor, chemistry; Karinna Vernaza, Ph.D., associate professor, mechanical engineering; and Theresa Vitolo, Ph.D., associate professor, computer and information science.

In addition, Virginia Arp, director of the University’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, and Sreela Sasi, Ph.D., professor, computer and information science, collaborated on the proposal.

“It’s an honor to be chosen for a grant from an organization such as the National Science Foundation,” Hatch said. “This grant is exciting in that women tend to be underrepresented in the STEM disciplines.

“It’s important to encourage women to pursue careers in these disciplines, and it’s also important to female students who may look to women faculty as role models,” she added.

The grant will support female faculty through three primary programs:

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