|Kenan-Biddle Partnership offers $5,000 grants to bring Duke, UNC students together on projects|
|Tuesday, September 13, 2011|
Grant applications are being accepted for the second year of the Kenan-Biddle Partnership, funded by The William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust and The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation. The initiative promotes collaborative projects between students of Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
An annual call for proposals from both campuses will encourage collaborative arts, sciences and humanities projects that will positively affect both campus communities. Each project must include at least one public exhibition, presentation or performance. Preference will be given to proposals made jointly by students from both institutions.
“A great benefit of the inter-campus effort has been the sharing of expertise and scholarly passion that our faculty and student members have brought to TUFS [Triangle University Food Studies],” students Anna Child of UNC and Emily McGinty of Duke said. “The leaders of the group, Dr. Charlie Thompson from Duke and Dr. Marcie Ferris from UNC, are an illustrative example. Dr. Thompson brings his passion and years of experience in working with migrant farmworkers and focuses on the hands that bring our food to the plate, while Dr. Ferris brings an incredible knowledge and understanding the history of southern food and its culture.”
This project is just one example from a diverse range of interests, including public health, women's studies, English literature, law, environmental studies, soil science, and others, the students said. This work and an upcoming symposium planned for the spring are possible because of the resources available on both campuses and the support and spirit of the Kenan-Biddle Partnership grant.
Proposal applications for 2011-12 may be submitted through Oct. 14. Decisions will be announced in November for a Jan. 1 start. Applicants should see http://www.studentaffairs.duke.edu/kenan-biddle for more information.
Funds may be used flexibly for project support, salary and materials. Grant requests should be for approximately $5,000; however, larger requests may be considered depending upon the scope and impact of the project. In total, up to $50,000 will be awarded annually as part of a three-year grant by the foundations. The projects are expected to run for a calendar year, with possible renewal.
The proposals will be reviewed by an advisory committee of students, faculty and administrators co-chaired by Ronald Strauss, executive associate provost at UNC, and Larry Moneta, vice president for student affairs at Duke.
Other joint efforts include the Nannerl O. Keohane Distinguished Visiting Professorship, also co-funded by The William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust, and partnerships in a variety of academic and civic-minded programs locally and abroad.
The William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust was established in 1965 from the estate of alumnus William R. Kenan, Jr., a member of UNC’s class of 1894. The Kenan family’s philanthropic support of UNC dates to 1790 when James Kenan, a member of the University’s first Board of Trustees, contributed $50 to the construction of Old East, the nation’s first state university building. The Kenan Charitable Trust and related Kenan entities and family members together represented the single largest donor to the University’s last major fundraising drive, the Carolina First Campaign, committing nearly $70 million.