Grant-Funded Research

Grants totalling $2,763,990 from charitable foundations and government agencies helped fuel scholarly work at Hope College in 2018. More than 57 percent of the grant proposals submitted by the college’s Office of Sponsored Research and Programs were successful.

External funding awarded in 2018 includes grants from the Beckman Foundation, National Science Foundation and Michigan Space Grant Consortium, which regularly support work by Hope faculty. Some grants — such as the Fulbright fellowship that Assistant Professor of Music Dr. Christopher Fashun was awarded in 2018 — underwrite professors’ study-focused travel; others cover expenses such as research materials, and stipends for student researchers.

Here are thumbnail sketches of a few projects for which Hope faculty received grants in 2018.

Stephen Remillard, Ph.D. | Professor of Physics

U.S. Department of Energy grant: $142,902

For research on microplasma — electrified gasses — to contribute to improvements in display panels, surgical equipment, and other commercial and biomedical devices in which microplasma is used.

Kristin Dittenhafer-Reed, Ph.D. | Assistant Professor of Chemistry

National Science Foundation grant: $207,901

For research on mechanisms that control mammalian cell function, to inform other researchers’ understanding of mitochondrial cell malfunction as they investigate its link to some genetic and neurological disorders and cancers.

Daryl Van Tongeren, Ph.D. | Associate Professor of Psychology

John Templeton Foundation grant: $243,746

For research on causes and consequences of religious deconversion.

Jeff Johnson, Ph.D. | Professor of Chemistry

National Science Foundation grant: $273,855

For research on carbon-carbon bonds between molecules, focused on finding easy, inexpensive ways to produce synthetically-relevant complex molecules.

Natalie Dykstra, Ph.D. | Professor of English

National Endowment for the Humanities Public Scholar Program award: $50,400

For research and writing of Isabella Stewart Gardner: A Life in Art, a biography of the turn-of-the-20th-century Bostonian whose art collection became a world-renowned museum.

Learn about more projects on the Sponsored Research and Programs blog.