Grants in the News

Hosting trainings and events, conducting research and workshops—our grantees have been busy! Check out projects recently featured in the news:

  • The Trust was an early supporter of the Darden Prisoner Reentry Education Initiative, in 2013, and we’re thrilled to see its continued growth and impact in Darden News and on NBC29.
  • Learn about the community and programming C-ville Tulips has established in their UVA Arts Winter Magazine feature.
  • The Transformative Autism Biomarker Research Initiative, a 2020 grant recipient, received coverage from 13 News Now.
  • CBS19 featured the work of Including Preschoolers with Autism and Piloting Open-Source Educational Model, two of our newest annual grant recipients.
  • The School of Medicine’s, Medicine in Motion News highlighted the research work of Dr. Sean Moore’s Lab, Organ-on-a-chip technology, a 2023 annual grant recipient.

    Researchers from Dr. Sean Moore’s Lab are researching organ-on-a-chip technology.
  • PBS News Hour highlighted the work and impact of the Holsinger Portrait Project, a 2022 grant recipient.
  • UVA and local researchers are creating and conducting new autism training for local emergency responders to improve patient interactions and care. Read more about this 2022 flash grant project.
  • The Virginia Law in Prison Project, one of our newest flash grant recipients, involves UVA Law students developing and teaching incarcerated individuals. Read more about the scope of their work in this UVA Today feature.
  • UVA Edge received a Trust grant in 2021. They’re continuing to expand and enhance their program for adult learners. Read their progress in UVA Today.
  • A 2022 grant recipient from The Equity Center, Starr Hill Pathways brings local middle-school students to Grounds to explore college and career pathways. A group of approximately 40 Starr Hill Pathways students visited Grounds recently to learn about UVA’s School of Nursing.
  • Orpheus & Erica: A Deaf Opera held performances in mid-March. This one-of-a-kind theatre experience brought together opera, deaf actors, and the UVA Chamber Singers.

Grants in the News

Tim Victorio roughs up the first coat of epoxy so a second coat will adhere better. (Photo: Dan Addison)

Our grantees are busy! From constructing tables of recycled lumber to a successfully launching the Business Bootcamp for Artists, read about grant projects featured in local media outlets:

  • UVA Sawmilling received a flash grant in April 2021 to create tables from a 125-year-old tulip poplar tree. Read about the construction process and their partners in creating in this UVA Today article.
  • UVA Edge, an initiative of the School of Continuing and Professional Studies, received an annual grant in 2021. UVA Today featured the impactful stories of five students in the first cohort class; read about them here.
  • StARTup Studio, a 2020 annual recipient, was featured in UVA Arts Magazine for their Business Bootcamp for Visual Artists hosted in October 2021.
  • Learn more about the Roadmap Scholars Initiative, one of our new 2022 annual grants from the Law School, from their features on NBC29 and Reuters.
  • The Holsinger Portrait Project is uncovering photos, researching, and telling the stories of Black Charlottesville residents. Read about this 2022 grant project in this Cavalier Daily article.
  • See recent updates from one of our 2020 grants in this UVA Today article; the Trust supported student researchers working on the larger project of air-filtering technologies.

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Grant Projects in the News

A small autonomous car built by the Cavalier Autonomous Racing Club

Many grant projects are working over the summer, and their efforts have been highlighted in news outlets!

The Cavalier Autonomous Racing Club is testing, training, and preparing to race at the Indy Autonomous Challenge in October. To take a look behind the scenes and follow their journey, visit the School of Engineering and Applied Science’s YouTube page.

UVA’s School of Architecture arctic exhibition has opened at the Venice Biennale; the team received a Trust flash grant in 2020.

Trust funding is supporting UVA’s partnership and work in the “Green Book” digital project, which received a flash grant in 2021.

UVA Edge, a 2021 annual grant recipient from the School of Continuing and Professional Studies, has recently launched a partnership with Univision to provide employees access to higher education workforce development.

Teachers in the Movement received a Trust grant in 2014 as they began capturing early oral histories from educators who taught between 1950 and 1980 throughout the South. They’ve launched a podcast featuring the voices and stories of those teachers.

Jefferson Trust Awards Largest Dollar Amount in a Single Year

The Board of Trustees of the Jefferson Trust is excited to announce our 2020-21 annual grant awards, totaling $984,854 to fifteen programs that will enhance the University of Virginia community, as well as a significant portion of the larger community. This is the largest dollar amount the Trust has granted in a single year.

This year, the Jefferson Trust received 57 grant proposals requesting a combined $4,063,323.50 by the October 1, 2020 deadline. Proposals came from 8 schools, 16 student organizations, and various other University areas, centers, and institutes. Community-facing grants include the UVA Brain Camp for local middle school students; DevHub@Wise, a training program for UVA Wise students; a leadership pipeline program connecting high school students to the Batten School; and a Community Engaged Teaching program led by the Vice Provost for Academic Outreach and the Center for Teaching Excellence.

The 2020-21 Grants:

UVA Brain Camp – A Neuroscience Summer Program for Kids: $49,326

UVA Brain Camp will inspire young scientific minds, provide in-depth and hands-on education in Neuroscience, and enrich young students’ local scientific network through one-on-one mentorships. This program will be free and accessible to middle school students who are nominated by their teachers and who identify as members of underrepresented communities or who are financially disadvantaged.

Workforce Development in Data Science for Autistic Young Adults: $99,200

A multidisciplinary team of faculty from UVA’s School of Data Science Brain Institute (within the School of Medicine) and STAR Initiative (in the School of Education) is creating a workforce-development program that will prepare a new generation of adults on the autism spectrum to be data scientists. The program will strengthen systems, transform lives, improve science, and change misperceptions about people whi have different disabilities.

DevHub@Wise: $49,720

DevHub@Wise will train and educate students of UVA at Wiseto be technologically literate, and engage with the surrounding Appalachian community to take on real-world technology projects. DevHub@Wise builds on the highly successful DevHub model at UVA.

“Knowing Better To Do Better” Preparing and Sustaining Equitable and Anti-Racist Educators: $49,478

As the population of students in Pre-K – 12th grade  becomes more diverse, it is vital to prepare teachers to teach through an anti-racist lens and to build equitable classrooms. This one-year pilot program will provide professional development for preservice teachers and their mentors and coaches.

Democracy at UVA Internship: $75,000

The UVA Democracy Internship will create a collaborative internship program across units at UVA that focuses on the study of democracy and governance. The program will promote greater inclusivity in the realm of public service by offering mentorship and research experiences to people in underserved populations.

Pediatric Mental Health in the COVID-19 Era: Helping Patients via Group Telepsychology: $46,649

Approximately 1 in 5 children and teens in the U.S. have been diagnosed with a mental illness, and many go without evidence-based psychotherapy services. This unmet need has been further exacerbated by the COVID-19 health crisis. UVA Children’s [Hospital] will launch a telehealth program for group therapy for children, adolescents and their caregivers.

Climate Restoration Initiative: $110,000

The Environmental Resilience Institute will launch an initiative to develop strategies for reversing climate change. The Climate Restoration Initiative will bring together an interdisciplinary team of UVA scholars and students to understand how to restore the climate by removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, with an initial focus on Virginia. This initiative will be the first of its kind to combine the disciplinary and policy perspectives needed to understand the feasible scope of negative emissions strategies, and as such, will distinguish UVA on the global stage.

Distinguished Major Project Musical Through Virginia Players: $2,500

The Virginia Players Lab Series will produce an original full-length musical in the fall of 2021. Tentatively titled “Peace by Piece,” the show focuses on mental health within the queer community and interracial relationships. The main intention is to show those with family members and/or friends in the LGBTQ+ community what a queer person might be going through.

Leadership Skills for a Diverse and Divided World: Developing Leaders who Facilitate Change: $64,900

This grant will fund an ambitious eight-day leadership and policy pipeline program for 40 rising high school juniors will take place in summer 2021. Designed and taught by Batten School faculty and facilitated by students, the program advances the dual goals of training and empowering current UVA students while also building a pipeline for a future generation.

Building a Sustained Commitment to Community-Engaged Teaching: $130,000

The Office for Academic Outreachand the Center for Teaching Excellencewill create the infrastructure to support the expansion of community-engaged courses for undergraduates within and beyond the College. This initiative will launch a website with UVA-tailored resources to support new community-engaged courses, a two-day faculty institute and monthly learning community, one-on-one pedagogical assistance for faculty in developing courses, and course-development grants.

Biomaterial Building Exposition: $72,202

Mockup design for the Biomaterial Building Exposition
Mockup design for the Biomaterial Building Exposition

Hosted by the School of Architecture and engaging students and scholars from across the University and beyond, this year-long effort will culminate in an exhibition of built exterior temporary pavilions which demonstrate novel approaches to construction using rapidly renewable biomaterials. Pavilions will take shape literally and metaphorically at the intersections of disciplinary expertise, created by multi-disciplinary student-led teams working directly with external expert mentors and displayed across Grounds.

Affordability and Equity: Open Educational Resources: $77,400

The use of open educational resources to provide affordable and equitable access to an excellent education has been hampered by two factors: insufficient content appropriate for UVA courses and lack of support for faculty authors. The proposed program will address both issues by offering grants to support faculty in the creation of new resources or the adaptation of existing open educational resources, in collaboration with instructional designers, librarians and student interns.

Skyscraper Gothic: $20,000

Student design concept for the exhibition Skyscraper Gothic
Student design concept for the exhibition Skyscraper Gothic

This exhibition will explore how skyscrapers (such as the Woolworth, Radiator, and Empire State buildings), now rejected as examples of architectural modernity, were originally embraced as emblems of modern American life. The project is a significant collaboration between The Fralin and the Architectural History department, directly enabling the realization of student research and design work undertaken in two classes in the 2019-2020 academic year.

UVA Edge: $100,000

UVA Edge is a one-year undergraduate experience for working adults that is a new offering in higher education. It will launch a pilot cohort with UVA staff and community members.

The Robertson Media Center Women’s Maker Program: $44,980

The goal of the Robertson Media Center-based Women’s Maker Program is to help promote greater confidence in female undergraduate students, improve their sense of belonging inSTEM fields, and better prepare them for careers in the STEM workforce.