CLA will have a relentless focus on research and creative excellence.
The College announces two new exciting gifts for research.
Alumnus Ken Talle and his wife, Janet, established the Talle Faculty Research Awards with a $750,000 cash gift. Talle Research Awards provide recently tenured faculty in the College of Liberal Arts the opportunity to launch new, innovative projects that offer insights into both their disciplines and the critical challenges facing society.
Pioneering professor and sociology alumna Joan Aldous gifted the college just over $1.4 million through her estate, providing flexible funding for the college to use at our discretion. Joan’s gift will launch an Innovation Fund, which will provide research funding for faculty and students to collaborate on projects during J-term, May term, and summer term (an “innovation term”); offer grants to CLA faculty and graduate students for start-up research projects; or support interdisciplinary faculty teams who would work together on Grand Challenges topics.
A. Kwame Adovor Tsikudo is a Geography, Environment and Society Ph.D. candidate.
“My research interest centers on understanding the role of the African state in development. In particular, my research focuses on the Ghanaian state and its relationship with both internal and external actors. It is my belief that the state is the single most important public institution that holds the key to addressing the challenges of the continent. At the moment, I am working on China-Ghana relationships; primarily focusing on how the terms of the engagements could be leveraged for the mutual benefit of the two countries.
“As the first recipient of the Joyce LeVi Fellowship, I am particularly honored for the opportunities that this fellowship created for me. Apart from the financial support, it also helped nurture and shape my intellectual interests in public participatory GIS. I am now in touch with a core of ambitious, intellectual, and zealous colleagues and individuals who share similar research interests on the role of technology in development.”