Faculty Research

  • Assistant Professor of Geosciences Mea Cook received a three-year $228,321 grant from the National Science Foundation in 2014 for her research of volcanic ash layers taken from marine sediment cores in the southeast Bering Sea. These layers will be matched with independently-dated tephras from nearby Sanak Island. The results of this study have potential impact across disciplines, including improving the dating of archaeological remains of the earliest humans in the eastern Aleutians, and the understanding of the timing of waves of migration with ecological and climatic changes from that time period. Funding also supports research experiences for Williams students.
  •  In 2013, the James S. McDonnell Foundation awarded Assistant Professor of Psychology Nate Kornell a $600,000 JSMF Scholar Award in Understanding Human Cognition.  This four-year grant is supporting Professor Kornell’s examination of the kinds of decisions students make while studying—where to allot their time, how much time to spend, and what methods best enhance memory retrieval. The project’s title, “Improving Self-regulated Learning,” is also the long-term goal of the project—to help students understand and develop more effective studying strategies.
  • In 2006, the Hellman Family Foundation pledged $1 million to support research activities of assistant professors in the years preceding their tenure decisions.  Since then, the foundation’s grant has supported 33 Williams faculty as Hellman Fellows.  The funds are used particularly for faculty whose scholarship is in areas that do not have other readily available sources of research funding.
2014 Hellman Fellow Ben Rubin (assistant classics professor) with Williams students at Omrit archaelogical site

2014 Hellman Fellow Ben Rubin (assistant classics professor) with Williams students at the Omrit archaelogical site