Mellon Grant To Pay for Scripps Student Research

Scripps College received a three-year $700,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation that will facilitate undergraduate research on campus, the school announced Monday.   

Students will be encouraged to apply for research fellowship positions for spring and summer 2013 during the fall 2012 semester, said Scripps Associate Director for Media and Public Relations Rosa Maria Santana. The Mellon grant will fund the fellowships through fall 2015.    

The grant will create 46 fellowship positions divided into two categories, Santana said. The Research Fellow positions will offer students the opportunity to conduct research with a faculty mentor, and the Pre-Thesis Fellow positions will provide funds for students to research a topic before they write their senior theses.    

Scripps already has a “long-term relationship with the Mellon Foundation,” Dean of Faculty Amy Marcus-Newhall wrote in an e-mail to TSL. “We hope to be able in the future to apply for more grants to the Mellon Foundation as their funding creates and expands tremendous opportunities for our students and faculty.”    

Many Scripps students currently conduct research without compensation.    

Kylie Lawrence SC ’14 has researched the DNA of extremophiles in Pomona College’s molecular biology research lab and the properties of DNA with Professor Mary Hatcher-Skeers through the W.M. Keck science department.    

Funding for research projects “would definitely make it a lot easier for me to spend more time doing research because I already do have a job next year as an RA, which is a paid position, and it definitely takes up a lot of time,” Lawrence said. “If I were being paid for this research job I might not need to be an RA. If I were being paid to do research I would definitely be able to devote more time and energy to it.”

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