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NSF Support Helps Hope College "Nuclear Group" Involve Students in Science Discoveries

HOLLAND – A new major research grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to the Nuclear Group at Hope College continues three decades of support from the agency, a long-time run which if not unique is at the very least rare, reflecting the quality of the work being conducted.

 The Nuclear Group has received more than $3 million from the NSF since garnering its first grant in 1986, in addition to receiving funding from other sources.  The latest NSF award is for $311,507 and will provide support through May 2019.

New Grant to Hope College Funds Third Consecutive November "Big Read" Program

HOLLAND – The West Michigan community will have a new opportunity this fall to explore a literary work in-depth through events and discussion, thanks to a broad-based coalition of area organizations and a third consecutive award to Hope College through “The Big Read,” a program of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

Hope is one of 77 nonprofit organizations to receive a grant to host an NEA Big Read project between September 2016 and June 2017.  This year’s program, running across the first three weeks in November, will focus on “Brother, I’m Dying,” Edwidge Danticat’s memoir telling the story of her uncle and father as they build a future for themselves and their families, one brother in Haiti and the other in America.

Great Lakes Kite Festival Returns

Great Lakes Kite Festival Returns

The State Park in Grand Haven comes to life with incredible kite performances this weekend. Don’t miss the fun!

For the 28th year, the world’s best kite flyers - individuals, pairs & teams will be performing continuously on Saturday, May 21 from 10am – 5pm & Sunday, May 22 from 11am – 5pm.

Kite enthusiast and their families are invited to experience different size kites with amazing capabilities controlled by professional kite handlers. There will also be an Open Flying Field to fly your own kite.

Grand Haven State Park is located at 1001 Harbor Avenue in Grand Haven, Michigan 49417.

Call: 1-866-428-2335 or visit www.mackite.com for more information.

Hope College Highlighted in Website Created to Improve STEM Education

HOLLAND – As a recognized leader in preparing students for STEM careers, Hope College is one of only 11 colleges and universities nationwide highlighted in a website developed to help improve undergraduate science education.

The website, “Supporting STEM Success in a Liberal Arts Context,” synthesizes the experiences of the 11 institutions in striving to strengthen the undergraduate experiences in science and mathematics for all of their students. It describes the institutions’ programs as well as the lessons learned on the way to help others aiming to adopt, adapt or create similar programs. The website is located at serc.carleton.edu/liberalarts/index.html.

Partnership Between Hope College and Local Schools Continues Spanish Immersion for Area Students

HOLLAND – A partnership between Hope College and the Holland Christian and Zeeland Public schools will enable high school students in the two systems to continue studies in Spanish that they have been pursuing since kindergarten.

 The Spanish Immersion Continuation Program will be available to students at Holland Christian High School and Zeeland High Schools who participated in the K-8 Spanish immersion program at Zeeland Christian School and because of their exceptional language proficiency have topped out of the options available to them at the high schools.

It’s a model that could be expanded in the future to include additional area school systems with Spanish immersion programs.

Hope College Faculty-Student Research Team Receives National Chemistry Research Award

The research team of Hope College chemistry professor Dr. Mary (Beth) Anderson and senior Monica Ohnsorg has received top national recognition:  the 2016 Undergraduate Award in Inorganic Chemistry presented to researchers at a primarily undergraduate institution by the American Chemical Society’s (ACS) Division of Inorganic Chemistry.

They were presented the award during the ACS’s 251st National Meeting and Exposition, held in San Diego, California, on Sunday-Thursday, March 13-17.  The division also honored teams at research institutions and corporate, federal or national laboratories.  Researchers from colleges and universities across the country competed for the awards.

Five Hope College Students and Recent Graduates Receive NSF Program Recognition

A total of five Hope College graduating seniors or recent graduates have received recognition through the prestigious Graduate Research Fellowship program of the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Senor Lisa Savagian of Bloomfield received a fellowship through the program, and senior Monica Ohnsorg of Chanhassen, Minnesota, received honorable mention.

In addition, 2015 graduate Caitlin Kozack received a fellowship, and both 2015 graduate Lisa McLellan and 2012 graduate Ingrid Slette received honorable mention.  McLellan and Slette had also each received honorable mention last year.