Spring Sesquicentennial Grant award winners announced

As Vanderbilt’s yearlong celebration of its 150th anniversary continues, the Office of the Chancellor has announced the second group of Sesquicentennial Grant award winners. The spring 2023 grant cycle has funded 15 proposals out of 65 submissions, with awards being made to a diverse group of projects led by individuals and teams of faculty, staff, students, postdoctoral scholars and alumni.

“These multifaceted and dynamic projects highlight the collaborative strength of our Vanderbilt community and demonstrate the great potential of our work to create positive impact in our broader community and around the world,” Chancellor Daniel Diermeier said. “I look forward to seeing how these efforts take shape over the coming months as we continue to engage with our past and set the course for our future in this sesquicentennial year.”

Among the 15 winning proposals are:

  • a rock installation on campus that will serve as an outdoor teaching laboratory for students in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • an exhibition that will shed light on the unknown and unpublished LGBTQI stories from the university’s past
  • a series of photographs of Vanderbilt community members who have made significant contributions to the university in areas such as academics, athletics, research and philanthropy
  • a theatre production of Andrew Maraniss’ biography of Perry Wallace, Strong Inside, adapted for young audiences
  • a project that will document Vanderbilt’s rich history of fostering debate, deliberation and dialogue on campus
  • a water distribution system that will provide accessible and safe drinking water to a rural community in Nicaragua
  • a virtual/augmented reality workplace prototype that can help multilingual students develop the small-talk conversation skills needed for networking

Read the full list of winning proposals and grant recipients »