Grants & Gifts

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

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) awarded $177,096 for “Duke Ellington and the Development of American Popular Culture,” which is part of NEH’s “We the People” project to strengthen the teaching, study, and understanding of American history and culture. Dr. Laura Nash, associate professor of music, directs the project.

Annual funding of $50,000 from the State legislature and Connecticut Department of Education has been renewed for the Connecticut Writing Project, a program which has trained more than 400 teachers, kindergarten through college, to become literacy leaders in their schools since its inception in 2002. Faye Gage is the project director.


The U.S. Department of Education, Student Support Services Program has provided funding of $1,447,665 over five years for Project Excel, the University’s program supporting first-generation and low-income or disabled students with services such as academic tutoring, course-selection advice, career counseling, and financial aid. Caridad Rivera is the project director.

With a grant of $100,000 from the Arcus Foundation, Fairfield will lead a consortium including Fordham University, Yale University Divinity School, and Union Theological Seminary in hosting a series of public events in the fall to expand awareness of the many voices in the Roman Catholic Church sympathetic to the plight of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered (LGBT) individuals in the Church. Dr. Paul Lakeland, the Aloysius P. Kelley, S.J., Professor of Catholic Studies, is the project director.

A supplemental grant of $28,250 from the Corporation for National and Community Servicewas received to provide support for the supervision and in-service training of VISTA members. Melissa Quan, associate director for the Center for Faith and Public Life, is the project director.

Fairfield University received renewed funding totaling $70,000 from the Earl W. and Hildagund A. Brinkman Private Charitable Foundation for five different projects across campus:

$50,000 – Laboratory Equipment for the School of Engineering

Funding will allow the purchase of student-accessible, hands-on laboratory apparatus to introduce engineering concepts to engineering students. Dr. Jack Beal, professor of engineering, dean, is the project director.

$5,000 – Parenting, Stress, and Adolescents with ADHD: From Analytic Model to Group Intervention

Continued funding will compile data and analyze results of interventions designed to decrease stress and increase expertise in parents of adolescents with ADHD. The project is directed by Dr. Christine Siegel, associate professor of school psychology.

$5,000 – The Impact of Addiction on the Family: Codependency Revisited

Dr. Virginia Kelly, associate professor of counselor education, received funding to complete a book on codependency and the impact of addiction on families.

$5,000 – Service for Justice Living and Learning Community

Renewed funding will support a variety of activities in the Service for Justice Residential College. Dr. Joseph DeFeo, director of Living & Learning, is the project director.

$5,000 – Diversity and Global Citizenship

As part of the University’s focus on global citizenship, continued funding will support four diversity grants developed by students, as well as student gender projects. Dr. Renée T. White, academic coordinator for Diversity and Global Citizenship, directs the project.