• Research Spotlight

    See some of the current projects and programs funded by grants throughout the schools at the university.

    Bythotrephes Research Group

    Dr. Leif Hembre and three CLA biology majors continue tracking and assessing the impact of the invasive species Spiny Water Flea (Bythotrephes longimanus) on Minnesota freshwater lakes.

    Laura, funded by a Fairchild grant, is continuing microsatellite work in an attempt to track the genetic lineages of the Minnesota invasion.

    Jessica and Jake, funded by a Hamline Lund research grant and a Fairchild grant, respectively, are looking at the ecological and evolutionary responses of native Water Flea Daphnia sp. populations to invasions of Bythotrephes.

    2009 Summer Research Group (Biology)

    Grants Research Showcase: Biology Grants-The biology department has been quite successful at writing and receiving grants to support research and pedagogy. Dr. Pres Martin was the primary author of a Fairchild Grant to support student collaborative research in the science division. As a result, the Biology Department is sponsoring 6 summer research students with the Fairchild grant. Dr. Betsy Martinez-Vaz received an National Science Foundation grant to research plant and microbe interactions. This collaboration is between Hamline, the University of Minnesota, Cornell University, and the National Center for Genome Research in New Mexico. There are three Hamline students working with Dr. Martinez-Vaz on this collaboration. Four other summer research students are currently being supported by the Science Division Lund Fund.

    In addition to these 13 summer research students, two students received National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates grants (REUs). Shane Stensland is at Texas A&M University with the REU: Expanding Scientific Investigation Through Entomology group. He is investigating predation in blowflies. Jessalyn Weaver is at the University of Minnesota (REU project details unknown at this time).

    Dr. Jodi Goldberg, Dr. Irina Makarevitch and Dr. Martinez-Vaz, together with the Center for Global Environmental Education, have received a Minnesota Higher Education grant to support a summer institute for improving secondary teacher quality and student achievement through content, pedagogy, and curriculum enrichment in core biology standards: Biotechnology/Microbiology for Teachers in the Classroom (BioTIC). Dr. Makarevitch also received a Learning Outcomes Assessment Practices Development Grant from Hamline University Committee on Learning Outcomes Assessment for “Biology Lab: Assessment of Student Learning,” which she will conduct with a biology major who is also an education minor.

    Other Active Grants

    A sample of other grants that are currently active at Hamline University are listed below. Contact the Sponsored Programs Office for more information about the grant process or current grants on campus.





    Gearing up for
    Algebra 1


    Address and support sustained,
    high quality professional development
    activities in subject matter knowledge

    CEUT Capacity Building Initiative

    Kellogg Foundation

    Planning grant to form state-wide training
    institute for urban teaching

    Gambling behaviors among youth

    Harvard Medical

    Examine the etiological roles of behavioral
    disinhibitition, gene and environment and
    their interaction with gambling behaviors in adolescents and young adults


    MN DOE

    Teacher math and science training


    MN DOE

    Statewide training in Adult Basic Education
    for teachers

    Math Masters

    Medtronics Foundation

    Pilot of program to support minority 9th
    grade students in math

    Indian Affairs

    Travelers Foundation

    Identification of American Indian remains
    and reburial

    Migration Education

    MN DOE

    Support services for teachers of migrant

    Each One New Orleans

    Travelers Foundation

    Mentoring and student support for MLK
    middle school in New Orleans

    Race in Gene Patenting


    Examine the roll of race in the decision to
    patent new drugs