Faculty and Staff Earn National Grants for Otterbein Efforts

by | May 21, 2021 | Philanthropy.

Otterbein has recently received grants from prominent foundations and federal programs to support research, academic studies, and community education. Faculty and administrators pursue grants to support the mission of Otterbein, enhance faculty achievement and student learning, and strengthen social justice in the central Ohio community.

Recruiting and Preparing Undergraduate Mathematics Majors for Teaching Careers in Urban High-Need Schools



(Intended amount, over five years)



National Science Foundation’s Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program

Principal Investigator: Jeffrey Smith (Mathematics)
Bethany Vosburg-Bluem (Education)
Allison McGrath (Education)

The grant will fund activities and programs to address the shortage of highly qualified mathematics teachers, particularly in urban, high-need schools.

“This is an important opportunity for Otterbein to reinforce our ongoing commitment to Columbus City Schools and other districts. It will ensure future Otterbein students have the support they deserve,” said Wendy Sherman Heckler, provost and senior vice president. “This grant will have a lasting and positive impact for Otterbein students and future students at our partner schools.”

Inclusive Excellence 3 Learning Community



(Over two years)



Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Principal Investigator: John Tansey (Chemistry)
Kathryn Plank (Academic Affairs and Education)
Brandon Sinn (Biochemistry & Molecular Biology)
Michael Hudoba (Engineering)
Jennifer Bechtold (Student Success and Career Development)
Carrigan Hayes (Chemistry)
Jennifer Bennett (Biology)

Otterbein will work alongside other institutions to dig deeper into the root causes of educational inequities and develop strategies to address these challenges by adopting an inclusive, equitable, and anti-racist stance. Grant funds from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute will support learning activities that promote the development of an inclusive perspective.

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