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The Babson College, Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering and Wellesley College (BOW) Three-College Collaboration has announced the first recipients of awards from the Mellon Presidential Innovation Project Fund, which was established through a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation earlier this year. Several of this year's projects build on the BOW Collaboration's new Sustainability Program launched this past fall, which was the Colleges' first major joint-curricular effort.
"We were gratified to see the number, quality, and variety of applications," said Adele J. Wolfson, Director of the Three-College Collaboration, and Nan Walsh Schow '54 and Howard B. Schow Professor in the Physical and Natural Sciences at Wellesley College. "Proposals came from across the campus constituencies, from students, faculty, and staff." The winning projects include leaders and team members from all three colleges.
The number of projects funded and the amount of the awards will vary from year-to-year based on project merit and available budget. This year, a total of $58,850 was awarded for 12 projects. Each project will be carried out by a cross-campus team consisting of faculty, staff or students of at least two, and in most cases all three, of the colleges. The 2011 award recipients (including project titles and a brief description) are as follows:
• Three-College Transportation Alternatives
This project will help increase social and academic opportunities by investigating transportation alternatives for BOW students.
• Applicable Mathematics Across The Three-College Collaboration
This proposal will leverage the existing BOW relationships to create an Applicable Mathematics Lecture Series whose location will rotate among the three colleges throughout the semester.
• Entrepreneurship Field Trips
This project will enable students to explore the rich entrepreneurial history of New England through field trips.
• Careers in Sustainability: Job Fair And Career Education
This project focuses on jointly building new employer relationships, internships, networking events, conferences and job opportunities across the three colleges in support of the sustainability curriculum.
• Provisional Aesthetics: International Visiting Artist Lecture Series
The goals of this project are to provide BOW students and faculty with a sustained, face-to-face experience with vanguard contemporary artists.
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• Asian-American Identity In Higher Education
This program convenes a group of faculty, staff and students from the three colleges to discuss the question of Asian-American identity in higher education.
• Shared Library Platform To Support Sustainability Certificate Program
This project will provide a single, co-branded space for sharing information on sustainability.
• Student-Inspired And Created Murals
This project will support student-organized, inspired and created murals which will provide the three colleges with a visible and meaningful message about collaboration.
• Global Student Leader Consortium
This project invites student leaders from cultural student organizations to participate in a program that enhances leadership skills, improves their knowledge of the greater Boston area and develops their knowledge of available resources on the three campuses.
• Three-College Participation In The USA Science & Engineering Festival
This project is an opportunity to engage faculty, staff, administrators and students from the three colleges in the development of an exhibit and in an outreach experience through joint participation in the USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C.
• On-line Platform For Social Good
This project aims to create an online platform where BOW community members can come together for the common cause of doing social good through community services or socially related projects.
• Pedagogical Research And Training
This project will develop and implement the BOW Tri-College Pedagogical Research and Training Program, an effort to improve teaching and learning through the study of classroom interactions using discourse analysis.
About the Babson-Olin-Wellesley Collaboration
The Collaboration is a partnership between Babson College, Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering and Wellesley College that builds on the institutions' geographic proximity and complementary educational strengths. The goal of collaboration is to expand educational opportunities for students, facilitating faculty research and share strengths across the campuses.
Wellesley President H. Kim Bottomly, Babson President Leonard H. Schlesinger, Olin President Richard K. Miller launched the Three-College Collaboration in 2009 with the goals of expanding educational opportunities for students, facilitating faculty research, and sharing strengths across the campuses. The Collaboration serves as a model for integrating the liberal arts and sciences with business and engineering, and stands apart from most college consortia by taking advantage of the schools' complementary curricula to create innovative approaches to student learning and problem solving and to provide all students with the tools to work across disciplines.
Adele Wolfson, Schow Professor of Chemistry at Wellesley, was appointed as the first director of the program in 2010.