Presidential Faculty-Student Collaboration Grants

Presidential Faculty-Student Collaboration Grants are available annually to support collaborative research between faculty and students.

To Apply


Grant monies may be used to support the following:

  • faculty summer stipend
  • student summer stipend
  • student housing
  • equipment needs, copying, etc.; transportation support
  • Applications will be accepted for stipends and project costs, and for stipends only.
  • Projects that complement the Academic Strategic Plan and Mission of the College are encouraged.
  • One faculty member cannot receive both the Research, Scholarship, and Creativity grant and the Presidential Faculty/Student Collaboration grant in the same year.
  • To distinguish among proposals that meet all criteria requested in the application, the committee looks for evidence of exceptional merit, compelling project design, impact on student experience, or feasibility of project. The committee encourages applications from all departments and disciplines, and from faculty at all stages. Priority will be given to quality proposals submitted by candidates who have not been funded through a Presidential Student/Faculty Collaboration grant in the past three years.

Monies may also be used as matching funds for outside support awarded to the faculty member.

Applications must include the following:
1. A brief description of the proposed project;
2. A clear statement of anticipated outcomes
3. Names and brief bios for all participants;
4. An explanation of how this project fits into the careers of both faculty and student, and a description of how the project fits into the educational trajectory of the student;
5. A complete budget for the project should be submitted.
6. Likely placement for publication or performance;
7. Anticipated research completion date.

Questions? Contact the Faculty Development Committee.

2015-16 Grants Awarded

Lauren Hecht & Matt Broschard (Psychological Science)
Building an Olfactometer to Determine Neural Mechanisms of Attention

Jeff La Frenierre & Helen Thompson (Geography)
Hydrological Implications of Glacier Retreat on Andean Volcanoes


Baker Lawley & Laura Isdahl (English)
Found a Gustavus Literary Magazine

Michele Rusinko & McKayla Murphy and Jordan Lovestrand (Theatre and Dance)
Tapiola Visions

Amy Seham & Leah Soule (Theatre and Dance)
Oral Histories and Analysis of Social Justice Theatre at Gustavus: Making a Difference Then and Now


2014-15 Grants Awarded

Kristian Braekkan & Victoria Sowa (Economics and Management)
Global Engagement

Leila Brammer & Mariah Wika (Communication Studies)
Longitudinal Assessment

Jon Grinnell & Anthony Massaro (Biology)
Gather Bison Behavior Data for Research


Lisa Heldke & Samantha Manick and Jens Thomsen (Philosophy)
Role of Food in the Educational Mission of Gustavus?

Sun Hee Lee & Brittany Knutson (English)
Gender in Post 9/11 Literature

Brandy Russell & Ciolleen Caldwell (Chemistry)
Study of Marine Worm Nereis Diversicolor


2013-14 Grants Awarded

Ana Adams & Avery Wallace (Spanish; LALACS; and Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies)
16th century – early 17th century colonial manuscript

Betsy Byers & Cameron Jarvis (Art & Art History)
Gallery Exhibition

Eric Dugdale & Laurel Boman and Karl Grant (Classics)
Euripides’ Medea for the Oxford Greek and Latin College Commentaries

Robert Kendrick & Justin Feit (English and Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies)
Bureaucracy and Greek Tragedy in The Wire

Stephanie Otto & Maggie King (Health & Exercise Science)
Bone Mineral Density

Sean Cobb & Abigail Huff (English)
Introductory Film Studies Textbook

2012-13 Grants Awarded

Julie Bartley & Tara Selly (Geology)
Fossilization Trajectory (termed taphonomy) of Modern (living) Organisms

Leila Brammer & Anna Morton (Communication Studies)
Public Discourse Students

Pamela Kittelson & Mike Howe (Biology)
Tallgrass Prairie Ecosystems

Micah Maatman & Jessica Van Kempen (Theatre/Dance)
The Design of a new Production in Physical Theatre for the Minnesota Fringe Festival 2012

Kristian Petersen & Claire Curran (Religion)
Contemporary Islamic Movements Through The Media

2011-12 Grants Awarded

Priscilla Briggs & Blong Lor (Art/Art History)
Video and Photo-based Artworks

Jeff Dahlseid & Xiao Xiu (Biology/Chemistry)
Nereis Diversicolor

Dan Moos & Alyssa Ringdal (Education)
Supporting Self-regulated Learning in the Classroom: Past, Present, and Future

Amanda Nienow & Maja Johnson (Chemistry)
Photolysis of Imidazolinone Herbacides on Cuticle Waxes

Dwight Stoll & Tuan Tran (Chemistry)
Characterization of Carbon-laminated Silicas for use in Hydrophilic interaction Liquid Chromatography


2010-11 Grants Awarded

Thia Cooper & Dominic Xiong (Religion)
Chapter in Theologies of Immigration

Kate Knutson & Jaqueline Schwerm (Political Science)
Interfaith Advocacy: Minnesota's Joint Religious Legislative Coalition

Henry MacCarthy & Christian DeMarais, Michael Davison, and Samuel Grace (Theatre and Dance)
Thrill Me

Stephen Miller & Garrett Stoddard (Chemistry)
Spectroscopy and Characteristics of Transition Metal Complexes

Jessie Petricka & Daniel McDougall (Physics)
Production and Trapping of Molecular Ions via Laser Ablation

2009-10 Grants Awarded

Loramy Gerstbauer & Geoffrey Alexander (Political Science)
The US and Vietnam and the Limits and Possibilities of Forgiveness in International Policies

Martin Lang & Ethan Marxhausen (Communication Studies)
Sustainable Farming Documentary Film Project

Karla Marz & Kimberly Sukhum (Biology)
Protein-protein Interactions of the Circadian Clock Protein CRY

Daniel Moos & Elizabeth Marroquin (Education)
Teacher Education and Technology: A Literature Review of the Past, Present, and Future

Brandy Russell &Alysha Dicke (Chemistry)
Metal-Dependant Protein Folding

2008-09 Grants Awarded

Laura Behling & Chelsea Kramer (English)
Come On!: American Posters from World War I

Scott Bur & David Guptill(Chemistry)
Heterocyclic Compounds

Steve Mellema & Chen-Yu Yang (Physics)
Study of Optimal Imaging by Reflection through Random Media

Sanjive Qazi & Katherine Linstrand (Biology)
Bioinformatic Approaches to Understanding Gene Switching in the Model System Fruit Fly, Drosophila Melanogaster and the Hijacking of the Host T-Cell Machinery by HIV

Amy Seham & Maggie Sotos (Theater/Dance)
Miranda's Amazing Adventure

Mary Solberg & David Lick (Religion)
The German Christian Movement in Print

2007-08 Grants Awarded

Priscilla Briggs & Nicholas Hansen (Art/Art History)
Video Collaboration with Teens Rock the Mic

Linnea Wren & Erin Dinsmore (Art/Art History)
Research Ojibwe and Lakota Art

Paul Saulnier & Eva Cornell (Physics)
Studying Swarms in Nature: A Biophysics Project

2006-07 Grants Awarded

Charles Niederriter & Jared Sieling (Physics)
Energy Storage as a Partner to Wind Energy Production

Lois Peterson & David Goldstein (Art/Art History)
Creation and Installation of a Ceramic Wall Mural for Christ Chapel

Toshiyuki Sakuragi, Bao Xiong, & Lee Vang (Japanese Studies)
Cognitive Linguistic Study of Hmong Language

2005-06 Grants Awarded

Laura Behling & Patrick Jones (English)
Race, Anatomy, and the Metaphor of Habeas Corpus in American Literature

Margaret Bloch Qazi & Tanner Miest (Biology)
Female Determinants of Sperm Fate in the Fruit Fly, Drosophila Melanogaster Screen Fruit Fly’s (Drosophila Melanogaster) Second Chromosome for Genes Involved in Female Sperm Storage

Jill Locke & Kristen Nelson (Political Science)
Brides and Brothers: Marriage & Fraternity in Tocqueville’s France and America

Steve Mellema & Sharon Jaffe (Physics)
Study of Optical Imaging by Reflection through Random Media

2004-05 Grants Awarded

Scott Bur & Adam Langenfeld(Chemistry)
Heterocyclic Compounds and their Biological Activity.

Tom Huber & John Purdham (Physics)
Research in Ultrasound Stimulated Audio Range Excitation and Other Acoustics Problems

Scott Newstok & Marissa Wold (English)
Othello Unmoored: Racialized Readings of Shakespeare in America and Orson Welles' Touch of Evil

Bruce Wells & Drew Hougard (Religion)
Ancient Near Eastern Legal Tradition as a Source for the Covenant Code in the Book of Exodus

2003-04 Grants Awarded

Michael Ferragamo & Kimberly McArthur (Biology)
An Electrophysiological Characterization of Neural Adaptation in the Central Auditory System of Anurans

Jon Grinnell & Carrie Byron (Biology)
Vocal Learning by African Lions

Charles Niederriter & Andrew Konicek (Physics)
Enhanced Acoustical Imagine by Low-Coherence Reflectometry

Russell Shapiro & Alison Cordie (Geology)
Actualistic Paleoecology of Calcified Microbes: An Integrated Field and Laboratory Approach


Read about work done during some Presidential Student/Faculty Collaboration Grants (Quarterly, Fall 2006)