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The Alumnae grants $125,000 for faculty and student projects

Proposals span disciplines from research to global service missions
  • The Alumnae Grants to fund 20 projects all over the world
  • Proposals include cancer research, art exhibits and medical service trips
  • The Alumnae has given more than $8 million to the University since its 1916 founding 

EVANSTON - The Alumnae of Northwestern University has awarded $125,000 in grants to fund 20 project proposals that span multiple disciplines, from cancer research to art exhibits to upgrades of University facilities.

“The grants committee was impressed by the quality and variety of the proposals submitted, so it was quite a challenge to choose recipients from among them,” said Margie Eskilson, chair of The Alumnae’s grants committee.

The Alumnae Grants recipients reflect Northwestern’s mission to be a global citizen. This year’s grants will fund projects in countries from China to Nigeria.

Chosen proposals include a program to repair medical equipment in Tanzania, efforts to develop non-invasive imaging technology for tumors, a program to provide music therapy for people living with communication disorders and efforts to improve course offerings for Northwestern students with disabilities.

Another grant project includes helping treat a common health threat in underdeveloped countries.

“Burn injury in Nigeria, like many places in the developing world, is both common and difficult to treat,” the project sponsors said in their application. “We are working with University College Hospital in Ibadan, Nigeria, to develop a device to notify nurses that bandages need to be changed before fluids from the wound soak through all the layers of the bandage.”

The grants will also support an arts exchange in Cuba. Victor Goines, director of jazz studies and professor of music, and Pamela Hinchman, associate professor in the Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music, will travel to Cuba for a joint recital with local artists from The Teatro Lirico Nacional de Cuba.

“The intent is to open cross cultural music exchanges between Northwestern University and their recently opened country,” Hinchman said in the application. “The recital will blend American and Cuban musical styles, repertoire and instruments with musicians in Cuba who do not have access to American classical music. In exchange, we will bring back their music, not typically studied in American universities.”

View a summary of all grant-sponsored projects on The Alumnae’s website.

The Alumnae of Northwestern University is a volunteer organization of women that raises funds for a wide range of projects to benefit the University. Founded in 1916, The Alumnae has given more than $8 million to the University in the form of grants, fellowships, scholarships and an endowed professorship as well as funding special University projects and summer internships. For more information, visit The Alumnae website