Grants & Gifts


A prestigious grant of $600,000 from the Helene Fuld Health Trustwas received to establish a scholarship fund for baccalaureate nursing students. Half of the funds will be directed toward an endowment fund. Dr. Jeanne Novotny, RN, FAAN, dean, is the project director.

With grant support of $233,153 from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), a project entitled “P.R.A.C.T.I.C.E.: Geriatric Diversity Training for Advanced Nursing Education” will create a simulation clinic to prepare advanced nursing education students to address the management of diverse older adults in the delivery of primary care. Dr. Sheila Grossman, professor of nursing, is the project director. (The grant is part of HRSA’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Equipment to Enhance Training for Health Professionals, Advanced Education Nursing.)

Science & Engineering

The Henry Luce Foundation’s Clare Boothe Luce Program has awarded a $404,439 grant to create a professorship in mechanical engineering for an outstanding woman engineer/scholar.

Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. recently donated robotic tools valued at approximately $700,000 to Fairfield’s automation engineering program. The tools will enable students to gain hands-on automation skills valuable in the aerospace, biomedical development, and manufacturing industries.

The U.S. Department of State recently awarded the University $300,000 for “Tropical Environmental Science: Study Abroad for Science and Non-science Majors in Brazil.” Fairfield will assist Universidade Estadual do Norte Fluminense in Campos, Rio de Janeiro State, Brazil, to help develop the study abroad office and short-term environmental science courses for U.S. students, as well as a related semester course. This is the first international grant award in which Fairfield will manage an overseas contract. Dr. Brian Walker, associate professor of biology, and Christopher Johnson, director of International Programs, co-direct the project.

A $4,500 award from the National Space Grant Foundation and a $2,000 grant from Amazon will enable Fairfield students to work on pilot programs in a “cloud computing” environment, in which NASA computing services can be accessed around the clock. Students will learn new technology, work together with industry experts in real time anywhere, and participate in research projects such as NASA’s XDM database project. Dr. Wook-Sung Yoo, associate professor of software engineering, directs the project.

Fairfield University recently received another grant of $25,000 from Bank of America for its BASE Camp-Broadening Access to Science Education program, which provides a one-week, research-based science day camp for students from Bridgeport, Conn., high schools. Students are engaged in scientific research projects, mentored by Fairfield faculty, and assisted by undergraduate research students to encourage interest in both science and mathematics and the college experience. Dr. Shannon Harding, associate professor of psychology, directs the project.

The Voice LLC has made a grant of $35,520 to support two paid internships for Fairfield graduate students in web development and programming. Dr. Wook-Sung Yoo, associate professor of software engineering, is the project director.


A three-year award of $299,607 from the U.S. Agency for International Development-Higher Education for Development was received for a project entitled “Use of ICT and Service Learning to Develop Health Curricula.” The grant will support the integration of service learning and health education for middle school students, and teacher training in educational technology for Collège Universitaire Régional de Bambey in Senegal. Dr. Winston Tellis, professor of information systems & operations management and Stephen & Camille Schramm Chair in Business; Dr. Elizabeth Langran, assistant professor of education technology; and Dr. Vishnu Vinekar, assistant professor of information systems, co-direct the project.

A grant of $75,000 has been received from the Rotary Foundation for a collaboration with Housatonic Community College, the Bridgeport YMCA, and the Bridgeport Public Schools and the Royal Bafokeng Institute in South Africa to explore and improve early childhood education training in that country. Dr. Barbara Welles-Nyström, associate professor in the Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions, is the project director.

Arts and Humanities

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