July 23, 2024

UMW Faculty Members Awarded External Grants Totaling More Than $600,000

Ten University of Mary Washington faculty members have recently won external grants, fellowships or contracts totaling more than $600,000, according to the August newsletter from the Office of the Provost.

The National Science Foundation awarded a three-year grant in the amount of $262,615 for a project titled “STEM Talent Expansion through Research, Engagement, Preparation, and Scholarships” to Kelli Slunt, Dianne Baker, Jodie Hayob, Ben Kisila, Venitta McCall and Deb Hydorn.

Dan Preston has won a $250,000 three-year grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support the continuation of his project to compile and publish the papers of President James Monroe.

Charles Sharpless will receive a sub-award of $26,892 as part of a collaborative project awarded by the National Science Foundation for a multi-university team that includes Mary Washington.

Brian Baker and the UMW Small Business Development Center received a $60,000 Hewlett Packard Learning Initiative for Entrepreneurs grant.

The Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) awarded two contracts, each for $5,500, to Brian Rizzo for the production of high-resolution digital terrain models and a series of maps for multiple locations in Virginia.

Read the full newsletter article.


About Brynn Boyer

Brynn Boyer is assistant director of media and public relations and a 2010 graduate of UMW.


  1. This is really impressive stuff. I’m so glad our faculty are getting this kind of well-deserved support for their work and their teaching. Congratulations to ALL of you!