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Whitham Collaborative Scholarship Awardees

Whitham Family Collaborative Scholarships

The Whitham Family Collaborative Research Awards Fund was created through a $3.8 million gift from Santa Clara alumna Jacqueline Whitham ’21 and the Whitham Family Foundation of Colorado.

As a student at Santa Clara, Jacqueline initially studied biology, but decided she didn’t want to work in that field as a career. But then she found there was no clear path for her to pursue her specific combination of interests— chemistry, mechanical engineering, and the arts. Eventually, she was able to change majors, add a minor in mechanical engineering and pursue her creative passion for art through a sculpture art minor. But doing so required five years to graduate, and she felt alone in her journey at times.

Still, the extra effort paid off, she said. Her STEM teachers noticed that she attacked problems differently from other students, while still being effective. “Art was a creative outlet, which connected me to people and my other studies in the craziest ways,” she said. “Creativity really fed into helping me understand so many concepts. I want to help people who want to walk similar paths.”

Photo of Jacqueline Whitham for Undergrad Researchers

Jacqueline Whitham ’21. Photo by Jim Gensheimer

The Whitham Family Collaborative Scholarship Awards are designed to promote true cross-disciplinary collaborations between two or more Santa Clara University faculty members and their research students. While any University-wide cross-disciplinary collaboration is eligible, there will be a preference to fund projects that involve at least one faculty member of the research team from the Arts. There are two tracks for faculty applications. Details can be found here.

Undergraduate researchers are welcome to apply through our portal, the Single Portal for Undergraduate Research (SPUR).

By applying through a University-wide, single application portal with a common set of guidelines, research proposals will be evaluated for quality prior to consideration for specific grants and awards for which the student and research project may be eligible


2023 Faculty Awardees

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Takeshi Moro (Art & Art History) and Korin Wheeler (Chemistry & Biochemistry)

Project: Visualizing the Unseeable

View the Moro Team Abstract here.

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Kai Lukoff (Computer Science & Engineering), Amy Lueck (English), and Lee Panich (Anthropology)

Project: The Ohlone Augmented Reality Campus Tour

View the Lukoff Team Abstract here.

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Iris Stewart-Frey (Environmental Studies and Sciences), Ed Maurer (Civil, Environmental, and Sustainable Engineering), Allan Báez Morales (Frugal Innovation Hub), and Qiuwen Li (Art & Art History)

Project: Creating an app for climate change forecasts, information, and adaptation in Central America through science, technology, and the arts

View the Stewart-Frey Team Abstract here.


2023 Undergraduate Researchers

Elsa Kinney, Class of 2025

Elsa Kinney, Class of 2025

Major: Biology and Public Health

Faculty Mentor: Kirsten Read, Department of Psychology

Project: The Impact of Book Type and Reader Goals on Extratextual Talk During Shared Reading With Preschool-aged Children

Gabby Rosenberg, Class of 2024

Gabby Rosenberg, Class of 2024

Major: Psychology and Child Studies

Faculty Mentors: Laura Doyle, Department of Civil Engineering, and Barbara O'Brien, Department of Psychology

Project: Implementing High School Guides in a Mobile Makerspace