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Forester News

Update from the Dean of the Faculty

Krebs Provost and Dean of Faculty Davis Schneiderman discusses the new $1.1 million Mellon Grant and and the College’s partnership with Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science.

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation once again recognizes the College with grant

We have once again been recognized by the nation’s largest private funder in arts and culture for the humanities in higher education. A $1.1 million grant will link faculty, students, and Chicago-area institutional partners in efforts to understand the history and challenges of race relations in Chicago and to create positive change in the city and the lives of its residents.


Faculty and students will work with prominent Chicago partners, including the Chicago History Museum, the Chicago Humanities Festival, the Heartland Alliance, the Metropolitan Planning Council, the Society of Architectural Historians, and Oakton Community College. Faculty and students will contribute to museum exhibits and summer institutes, bring their expertise to social justice work, and provide public programming through the Humanities 2020 project. This most recent funding from the Mellon Foundation builds upon the College’s long engagement with Chicago through our Center for Chicago Programs, our In The Loop residential program, and our recently completed $800,000 Mellon-funded Digital Chicago grant.


Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science Partnership

The Lake Forest College-Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science (RFUMS) summer research program is celebrating its tenth year. This unique partnership between a liberal arts college and health sciences university gives Lake Forest College students access to postgraduate programs in basic sciences and allied health professions.


Between 15 and 20 Lake Forest College students from a variety of majors have conducted 10 to 12 weeks of paid research annually as RFUMS Summer Scholars. In this role, they have worked alongside graduate students, postdoctoral scientists, and health professionals to carry out original medical research in the areas of cell and molecular pharmacology, neuroscience, cell biology and anatomy, biochemistry and molecular biology, pathology, microbiology and immunology, and physiology and biophysics.


Looking ahead, Lake Forest College and RFUMS are considering potential expansions of this productive partnership.