Baker Fund awards more than $48k to five faculty proposals for research, scholarship and work

Published: May 4, 2021 Author: Staff reports

The John C. Baker Fund awarded $48,355 total to five faculty proposals for research, scholarship and creative work during spring semester 2021.

Endowed in 1961 by a gift of more than $612,000 from 1926 College of Arts and Sciences graduate Edwin L. Kennedy and his wife, Ruth, a 1930 graduate of the College of Education, The John C. Baker Fund was established to support faculty improvement and research efforts. Up to $12,000 is available for each award.

The Baker Fund committee received 10 proposals requesting $106,068 total.

The five faculty award winners include:

  • Sarah Wyatt, Environmental and Plant Biology: Plant Gravitropic Signaling: New Approaches to Old Questions. Amount funded: $11,999.
  • Matthew Rosen, Sociology and Anthropology: Tirana Modern: Literary Ethnography on the Margins of Europe. Amount funded: $6,970.
  • Jeffrey Wiseman, Edison Biotechnology Institute: Mining the Therapeutic Potential of Ecuadorian Biodiversity. Amount funded: $10,126.
  • Justin Holub, Chemistry and Biochemistry: Monitoring Ligand-mediated Helix 12 Transitions in Constitutively Active Estrogen Receptors. Amount funded: $11,490.
  • Geoffrey Buckley, Geography: Silent Partner: The National Geographic Society and America's National Parks. Amount funded: $7,770.

For more information about guidelines, forms and requirements for the program, as well as sample funded proposals, please visit

For questions, please contact Carma West, grant development manager in the Research Division, at