The Morgridge Center for Public Service has awarded eight matching grants totaling more than $192,000 to support engaged scholarship and community-based learning by UW-Madison faculty and instructional staff in the areas of education, environment and health.
The funding comes through a special matching grant program established by alumni Tashia and John Morgridge to support the institutionalization of engaged scholarship at UW-Madison. The spring 2014 cycle was the last of this very successful grant program. With the addition of the spring 2014 grant projects, the Morgridge Match Grant Program has supported 54 engaged scholarship projects with $1.8 million over the course of five years.
Three of the Spring 2014 Morgridge Match grants were awarded to projects also funded by Ira and Ineva Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment grants: Danielle Benden’s Service Learning in Archaeology, Nancy Buenger’s The Bubbler, and Patti Loew’s Visualizing Health in a Cultural Context.
“The Morgridge Center takes great pride in supporting these eight initiatives in our final year of the Morgridge Match program,” said Nancy Mathews, outgoing Faculty Director of the Morgridge Center for Public Service. “We are humbled by the high quality of the proposals this year and wish that we could have funded each one. It is truly through the work of these community-engaged scholars that the university lives up to the promise of the Wisconsin Idea.”
The Morgridge Center advances the Wisconsin Idea by developing and promoting civic engagement and learning through service within local, national and global communities. Although the Morgridge Center for Public Service has been administratively housed within the School of Education since the fall of 2011, it has a campus-wide mission and serves as a central hub for public service, academic service-learning, community-based research and engaged scholarship.
Spring 2014 Morgridge Match Grants were awarded to:
• Latino Earth Partnership. Cheryl Bauer-Armstrong, Outreach Program Manager, UW Arboretum, Graduate School. Funded at $22,832 for one year.
• Service Learning in Archaeology: Connecting Campus with Community. Danielle Benden, Senior Academic Curator, Department of Anthropology, College of Letters and Sciences. Funded at $19,066 for one year.
• The Bubbler: Making Justice with Court-Involved Teens. Nancy Buenger, Associate Lecturer, Center for Law Society and Social Justice, College of Letters and Sciences. Funded at $34,631for one year.
• Service Learning in Uganda: Connecting Health with Agriculture, Phase 2. John Ferrick, Director International Agriculture Programs, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. Funded at $24,400 for one year.
• Citizen Science: Assessing Students’ Development of Public Identities through Engaged Science Projects. Connie Flanagan, Professor, Department of Inter-disciplinary Studies, School of Human Ecology. Funded at $20,087 for one year.
• Visualizing Health in a Cultural Context. Patti Loew, Professor, Life Sciences Communications, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. Funded at $8,280 for one year.
• Community Environmental Scholars Program: Service Learning Capstone Proposal. Cathy Middlecamp, Professor, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. Funded at $43,130 for one year.
• Global Health, Human Flourishing and Environmental Care: Engaged Learning in Interdisciplinary Global Health. Sherry Tanumihardjo, Professor, Department of Nutritional Sciences, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. Funded at $20,000 for one year.
The Morgridge Match Grant program matches 50 percent of grants and gifts awarded to UW-Madison campus individuals or entities and community-campus partnerships for projects that align with the Morgridge Center’s mission and goals. For more information on the program visit: http://morgridge.wisc.edu/faculty/matchingfunds/index.html or contact Lisa Chambers, Morgridge Center Associate Director for Engaged Scholarship, at firstname.lastname@example.org