In late October, the Crow grants team submitted a proposal for the Humanities Without Walls initiative “The Work of the Humanities in a Changing Climate,” which is funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. It’s taken us a while to announce this, but we’re extremely pleased to share that Crow has been selected for the first round of funding!
When we first saw the Changing Climate RFP, the “graduate humanities lab practicum” component, which suggested turning to studio or lab models for inspiration, jumped out to us. From the start, we’ve imagined graduate students as equal partners in Crow research. We’ve been working in a studio environment at Purdue for quite some time. We’ve always thought our project could produce not only the traditional research output for corpora and repositories (approaching research questions about the function of language and the nature of writing) but would offer valuable methods for interdisciplinary collaboration, too.
Funding from HWW ($141,706) will help us accelerate the development of Crow in several important ways:
- Graduate students at Purdue and Michigan State will be able to devote more time to the project.
- We’ll be able to offer paid undergraduate internships at Purdue and Michigan State.
- Software development gets a big boost with funding for contractors.
- Travel support will bring Arizona and Michigan State Crowbirds to West Lafayette for development sprints —every semester from now until Fall 2018.
- We’ll host a symposium on interdisciplinary, mixed-methods writing research in Fall 2018.
We’re grateful for the support from Humanities without Walls, and look forward to sharing the work they’ve made possible.