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illinois chemistry professor named sloan scholar

Professor Ryan C. Bailey is one of 118 early career scientists and researchers from 54 colleges and universities chosen for a two-year fellowship from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Read the full story here from the Illinois News Bureau.



University Library receives $1.25 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

The University of Illinois Library has received a $1.25 million challenge grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to fund an endowed senior-level conservator position in its Conservation Unit. The grant includes $1 million as a permanent endowment and $250,000 to establish the new senior conservator position while matching funds are being raised. The University Library has committed to match and exceed the amount of the grant by raising $1.5 million over three years. The endowment will generate funding to support the position permanently.

The addition of the Andrew W. Mellon Endowed Conservator will enable the University Library to treat a broader spectrum and greater number of paper-based special collections materials in the conservation lab; provide more varied and numerous internship experiences for pre- and post-program conservation interns; and provide the leadership necessary to fully develop the University of Illinois’s role as a leader for conservation education, research, service, and collaboration in the Midwest and the nation.

For further details, see the Library’s News & Events page.


CEAPS receives grant from the freeman foundation

The Freeman Foundation has awarded a $180,000 grant to the Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies at the University of Illinois for its 2011–12 Freeman Fellows Program. Established in 1996 with the support of the Freeman Foundation, the Freeman Fellows Program is one of the two (along with Harvard-Yenching) most influential U.S.-China faculty exchange programs in existence. Every academic year, nine to twelve early- and mid-career Chinese professors in the humanities and social sciences come to Illinois to do research and explore the state of Illinois through field trips and other cultural events. 

For more information on the Freeman Foundation and the Freeman Fellows Program, please consult the Freeman Fellows website.



Benjamin J. McCall, Assistant Professor in Chemistry and Physics, and affiliate in the Department of Physics, has been awarded a Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award by the Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation. Professor McCall is one of 14 scholars selected nationally for the 2010 awards. The Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards support the research and teaching careers of talented young faculty in the chemical sciences. The program provides discretionary funding to faculty at an early stage in their careers.

More information about the Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards can be found at the Dreyfus Foundation’s website.


Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities Receives $1.25 Million Grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

The Illinois Program for the Research in the Humanities at the University of Illinois has been awarded a six-year, $1.25 million grant by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The grant will fund 10 post-doctoral fellowships in the humanities and humanistic social sciences during the next six years, with the first appointments to begin in the fall. IPRH will name two fellows each year, who will engage in research and teaching at Illinois, pursuing scholarship on a wide range of humanities topics and teaching four courses each during their two-year terms in the appropriate academic departments.

Read the full story from Inside Illinois.


Political Science Professor at Illinois Wins Mellon Foundation New Directions Fellowship

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded one of its prestigious New Directions Fellowships to political science professor Samantha Frost. These fellowships assist faculty members in the humanities and humanistic social sciences who wish to acquire systematic training outside their own disciplines; no more than about a dozen of these fellowships are awarded each year. Professor Frost will use her fellowship to study biology next year.

More information about the New Directions fellowships is available at the Mellon Foundation website.



The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded grants totaling $1.9 million to a consortium of three university‐based, multi‐disciplinary performing arts presenting organizations. The grants were awarded to sustain and advance the organizations’ commitment to classical music in the face of intense economic challenges.

Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Cal Performances at the University of California at Berkeley, and the University Musical Society of the University of Michigan will each receive a $600,000 grant to support their respective classical music presenting and commissioning programs between January 2010 and June 2013. The Foundation awarded an additional $100,000 to the consortium to support collaborative activities, including commissioning. The consortium members seek to promote classical music as an art form of enduring cultural relevance.

To read more about this grant, please see the KCPA press release and Inside Illinois.


Two Illinois Faculty Members Receive 2010 Sloan Fellowships

Two University of Illinois faculty members have been selected to receive 2010 Sloan Research Fellowships from the Alfred P. Sloan foundation: Yann R. Chemla, a professor of physics, and Karrie Karahalios, a professor of computer science.

The two are among 118 early career scientists and researchers chosen to receive the two-year, $50,000 awards. In keeping with its goal of recognizing potential groundbreakers in their respective fields, the program allows fellows to pursue their choice of research topics and gives them flexibility in applying funds toward their research. 

Read the full story from Inside Illinois.


Grand Victoria Foundation supports Illinois Promise with $200,000 grant

Grand Victoria Foundation has awarded a two-year, $200,000 grant to the University of Illinois to support Illinois Promise scholarships. Launched in 2005, the Illinois Promise program is designed to help make a University of Illinois education affordable for economically disadvantaged students in the state who qualify for admission. Similar programs, like the Carolina Covenant at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, have demonstrated that students who do not need to worry about paying back substantial student loans or working full time to make ends meet are more successful in their studies.

All funding for the Illinois Promise program comes from private gifts and grants. The grant from Grand Victoria Foundation will provide Illinois Promise scholarships to 33 Illinois students in 2007-2008 and 2008-2009. Grand Victoria Foundation provides strategic funding to Illinois organizations working for lasting economic, educational and environmental change. The Foundation has offices in Chicago and Elgin. For more information, please visit or call 312.609.0200.