Two faculty-led projects from the College of Education were awarded two of the five Public Service Endowment Grants sponsored by the UMass Amherst vice chancellor for Research and Engagement. The five projects focus on violence prevention and education in health, science and language arts in the region. The awards are intended to enhance the public service mission of the campus by translating faculty and staff research for use that benefits community partners while engaging them in the process.
Kathleen Davis, associate professor, Department of Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies, was awarded $9,891 for an after-school science and engineering club at the Morgan School in Holyoke. Lecturer Barbara Hruska, also of the College’s Department of Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies, was awarded $15,000 to work with the Holyoke public schools to offer an intensive summer school for beginning English language learners.
The funded projects were chosen from 16 proposals, according to Barbara Pearson of the Office of Research Development, who administers the grant program.
Dan Gerber, who chairs the Faculty Senate’s Outreach Committee, said, “Our university is world-renowned for its cutting-edge research. What is not as evident to the world but known on campus by the faculty, staff and surrounding communities is that we are also an engaged university dedicated to improving the lives of the people of the commonwealth and the world. These public service projects are prime examples of the university’s engaged process with the communities around us.”