Grants or Gifts Relating to Women in Higher Education

Here is this week’s news of grants and gifts that may be of particular interest to women in higher education.


Karen Adolph and Catherine Tamis-LeMonda of New York University and their team of 65 researchers have been awarded a grant of $6,341,419 from the National Institutes of Health for their Play and Learning Across a Year (PLAY) project. The research initiative that will focus on the behaviors of infants and mothers during natural activity in their homes. The research will be conducted through video recordings of an hour of natural activity at the home of the participants when the child is twelve, eighteen, and twenty-four months old. Each of the 65 researchers will be writing their own article in their own unique field using data gathered from the PLAY project. When the five-year grant period has concluded, all the research will be combined into an online digital library.


Dr. Adolph is an associate professor of psychology at New York University. She hold’s a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York and a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in experimental/developmental psychology from Emory University in Atlanta. Dr. Tamis-LeMonda is a professor of applied psychology at New York University. She holds a bachelor’s degree and a Ph.D. in experimental psychology from New York University.

Iowa State University has been awarded a $248,744 grant by the National Science Foundation to study “Microaggressions in Engineering Programs.” The researchers will collect data on about how women, minorities and White men perceive microaggressions. Cristina Poleacovschi is the leader of the project. She is an assistant professor of civil construction and environmental engineering at Iowa State University. She earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the Technical University of Moldova, a master’s degree from the University of Alabama in Huntsville, and a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

The Institute for Women, Peace, and Society and the Global Social Enterprise Initiative at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business have been awarded a $1 million grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation to research women’s economic mobility and workforce issues. Melanne Verveer, the director of the institute states that the grant will support research on how to create economic opportunities for women in fragile states. Verneer served as the first U.S. Ambassador for Global Women’s Issues, a position to which she was appointed by President Obama in 2009. She holds a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from Georgetown University.

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