Faculty Fellowships, Grants & Awards

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Columbian College's distinguished faculty advance their research and scholarship with the aid of prestigious fellowships, grants and awards from world-renowned institutions like the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Institutes of Health. These honors free our faculty to pursue groundbreaking research in an array of disciplines and remain on the cutting-edge of innovation and discovery.

Topping the list of recent grants is a $14.6 million award from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to a team led by Chemistry Professor Akos Vertes. The researchers are tasked to develop a method that will rapidly identify the root of biological and chemical threats and thereby bolster national security efforts in combating future threats. Other important grants include Associate Professor of Biology Aleksandar Jeremic’s $1.3 million award from the National Institutes of Health and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases to examine the role of the human pancreatic hormone in the development of type 2 diabetes; and Economics Professor Stephen Smith’s nearly $700,000 grant from the U.S. Agency For International Development to study the effects of scaling up international economic development in Senegal and Uganda.