Ten student projects designed to strengthen established scholarly collaborations or encourage new ones between Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill each have been awarded $5,000 grants.
This is the second year that a three-year grant from the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust and The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation has funded the collaborative projects. The success of last year’s program encouraged more submissions this semester.
“We continued to see a high rate of applications. The selection process is difficult because the quality of the submissions is so high,” said Carol Tresolini, vice provost for academic initiatives at UNC-Chapel Hill and co-chair of the grant selection committee.
Each project is required to include at least one public exhibition, presentation or performance, and preference is given to proposals made jointly by students from both universities.
The 2012 recipients are:
-- LGBTQ and Ally Leadership Retreat
-- Emerging Scholars of Media and Technology
-- Triangle Race Conference
-- The Duke-UNC South Asian Classical Music Partnership
-- Mobile Savings Innovations
-- UNC-Duke Immigrant Advocacy Network
-- Campus and Community in Comedic Collaboration "C4"
-- UNC Duke China Leadership Summit
-- Choosing for Health: A Nutrition Education and Youth Empowerment Initiative in Durham and Chapel Hill
-- The Scientists with Stories Project: a media training collaboration at the coastal laboratories of Duke & UNC-Chapel Hill
“Last year’s grantees demonstrated highly successful collaborative efforts between students from our two great universities, and I have no doubt the 2012 Kenan-Biddle Partnership grantees will contribute admirably to our mutual benefit and growth,” said Larry Moneta, vice president for student affairs at Duke and co-chair of the grant selection committee.
Last year’s recipients included a variety of projects ranging from sustainable agriculture to contemporary poetry. For a full listing of last year’s grantees, visit http://www.studentaffairs.duke.edu/kenan-biddle/2011-grantees.
Visit http://www.studentaffairs.duke.edu/kenan-biddle for more information about the partnership and submission guidelines.
The William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust was created in 1965 from the estate of alumnus William R. Kenan, Jr., a member of UNC’s class of 1894. The Kenan family’s ties to UNC date back 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 represented the single largest donor to the University’s last major fundraising drive, the Carolina First Campaign, committing nearly $70 million.
Named for the daughter of Duke University benefactor Benjamin N. Duke, The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation’s mission is to further and extend Mrs. Biddle's life-long interests in religious, educational and charitable activities in New York City and the state of North Carolina. Since its inception in 1956, The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation has awarded grants totaling approximately $36 million in support of the goals she endorsed and the values she exemplified.
Duke contact: Chris Heltne, (919) 684-3576,
UNC contact: Mike McFarland, (919) 962-8593,