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Bicentennial Projects

The Office of the President has designated funds to extend opportunities for faculty to contribute to the public celebration of Colgate’s bicentennial. The Faculty Development Council has been charged with the administration of this program. We welcome proposals for projects that involve students and faculty in academic celebrations of the rich heritage of the university, broadly understood.

Projects might take several forms:
  • A new course, which could form a continuing part of the curriculum beyond 2019
  • A partial-credit course
  • A new unit within an existing course
  • A faculty-initiated research project
  • A student-initiated research project
  • A one-time event that brings students and faculty together
Projects might be varied in content; for example, they might focus on:
  • Some element of the history of the university and/or the region
  • University collections
  • The scientific work of eminent Colgate professors or alumni
  • A consideration of the legacy of some element of Colgate’s past
  • An extension of some method used at the university to address a new problem
  • An examination of the nature of the university today
  • A consideration of what might come next for the university
Support will depend on the nature and extent of the proposed project. Stipends of up to $4,000 will be available for faculty. Projects that require funds for necessary expenses may receive additional funding.

Applications are due in electronic form to the Office of the Dean of Faculty – Provost by January 31, 2017 and should include the following elements:
  1. The title and description of the project (1-2 pages)
  2. An explanation of how the project will contribute to Colgate’s celebration of the bicentennial
  3. An explanation of how many Colgate students will be involved and how they will benefit from the experience
  4. A completed course proposal, including a cover sheet and chair’s checklist (necessary only for a credit-bearing course)A detailed budget (necessary only where expenses are anticipated)
  5. A detailed budget (necessary only where expenses are anticipated)​
Please feel free to contact Jennifer Hull, Visiting Assistant Professor of History and Colgate Bicentennial Research Fellow ( for support in thinking about how you might connect to the Bicentennial and what archival resources are available to you.