posted April 6, 1999

NSF-REU Grants for Summer '99

Hope College holds more grants for summer student research from the National Science Foundation's "Research Experiences for Undergraduates" (NSF-REU) program than any other liberal arts college in the country.

          Hope holds a total of five of the awards for the
  forthcoming summer:  in biology, chemistry, computer
  science, mathematics, and physics and engineering.  It is
  the eighth consecutive year that at least four Hope
  departments have had NSF-REU support.
          Nationwide, only six other institutions, all of
  which are universities, hold as many of the grants as Hope,
  and only two universities hold more.  Other than Hope, the
  only recipients of three or more of the grants are
  universities or research institutions.
          More than 200 institutions, including not only
  colleges and universities but also museums and independent
  research organizations, hold NSF-REU grants this year.
          Through Hope's grants, undergraduate students from
  both Hope and elsewhere will conduct research on a full-time
  basis with Hope faculty members for eight to 10 weeks this
  summer, and will receive stipends as well as support for
  housing, travel and other expenses.  They will join students
  whose summer research at Hope is supported in other ways.
          The department of biology's grant is supporting 10
  students working with seven faculty members for 10 weeks.
  Some of the projects include water regulation in animals,
  the effect of hybridization on species definition in plants,
  and habitat competition among Eastern bluebirds, tree
  swallows and house wrens locally.  The three-year, $156,000
  grant is being administered by Dr. Christopher Barney, who
  is professor of biology and chair of the department, and Dr.
  Virginia McDonough, who is an assistant professor of
          The department of chemistry's grant is supporting
  eight students working among 11 faculty for up to 10 weeks.
  The research projects include PIXE (Particle-Induced X-ray
  Emission) analysis of environmental samples, synthesis of
  polymers and studies of atmospheric compounds.  The three-
  year, $114,900 grant is being administered by Dr. Stephen
  Taylor, professor of chemistry, and Dr. William S. Mungall,
  who is the Elmer E. Hartgerink Professor of Chemistry.
          The department of computer science's grant is
  supporting eight students working with three faculty for 10
  weeks.  The five projects include "Supporting Classroom
  Interaction Using Handheld Computers," "Algorithm
  Visualization on the Web," "Program Execution Animation and
  Visualization," and "Learning Algorithms Applied to Game
  Playing."  The three-year, $146,700 grant is being
  administered by Dr. Herbert Dershem, professor of computer
  science and chair of the department.
          The department of mathematics's grant is
  supporting six students working with two faculty members for
  eight weeks.  The projects include "Calculating expected
  areas of randomly generated regions" and "Analyzing when
  computer generated orbits of dynamical systems are
  infinitely close to true orbits."  The four-year, $120,000
  grant is being administered by Dr. Timothy Pennings,
  associate professor of mathematics and chair of the
          The department of physics and engineering's grant
  is supporting eight students working with seven faculty for
  10 weeks.  The seven projects include "Biomechanical Studies
  of Balance Recovery in the Elderly," "Nuclear Reaction
  Studies with Radioactive Particle Beams," "Development of
  Laboratory Projects for Non-Engineers" and "Enhancing
  Commercial Aircraft Survivability."  The two-year, $90,251
  grant is being administered by Dr. Peter Jolivette,
  professor of physics.