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Mini-Grants

Mini-Grants at work: Association for Moral Education Conference

The Rockefeller Center's Mini-Grants program funds registration fees for students attending conferences relevant to the Rockefeller Center's mission as well as the costs of bringing speakers to the Dartmouth campus. A recent grant allowed Andrew Nalani ’16 to attend the 41st Annual Conference for the Association for Moral Education (AME) Conference in Santos, Brazil. Here is his first-hand account of the experience.

The Thought Project, a Living-Learning Community

The Rockefeller Center’s Mini-Grants program funds on-campus student organization events.

The Thought Project is a new Living Learning Community for the academic year 2015-2016 in Wheeler Hall for thirty-five residents. Our mission is to build a vibrant, diverse community of Dartmouth undergraduates committed to understanding ideas and cultures different from their own. Each week, we host a Food for Thought dinner with a faculty member and a variety of social events. During the fall term of 2015, the Rockefeller Center sponsored two of our Food for Thought events: a dessert discussion with Slate journalist Emily Yoffe and a dinner with Professor Denise Anthony. On Wednesday, October 8th, we hosted Emily Yoffe for dessert and hot cocoa in Haldeman. Before her controversial public lecture the following day, we had the chance to meet with her in a small group setting to discuss her views on campus rape.

Sisters of Dartmouth Inclusivity Event

The Rockefeller Center’s Mini-Grants program funds on-campus student organization events

Sisters of Dartmouth was an evening event on Monday, October 5th held to celebrate collective sisterhood with an emphasis on welcoming all women, especially ’18 women who just went through rush, and women who decided not to rush or dropped out. Senior Hui Cheng ’16 explains the purpose of the event and an unexpected turnout.

“When we’re first introduced to Dartmouth as freshmen, the dominant narrative about college life tends to be one of inclusivity. We’re made to feel as though there’s a place on campus for everyone, and we are encouraged to see Dartmouth through structures intended to guide first-year students along their adjustment period – DOC Trips, UGAs, first-year advisors and mentors. Social identities are much more fluid. There is a freshman floor and trippees and freshman affinity groups for people to fall back into, regardless of identity.

Mini-Grants Recap: Special Interest Group on GRAPHics and Interactive Techniques (SIGGRAPH) Conference

Attending SIGGRAPH was definitely a highlight of my summer. As a computer science and digital arts major, it was quite an experience to be able to attend the largest conference in computer graphics. My mind was blown with the possibilities in emerging technologies from talking baby simulators to 3D scans of teeth with a single camera pen.

Catherine Most '16 outside the LA Convention Center on the first day of SIGGRAPH.

Furthermore, the everyday conversation during the conference on how the most recent Disney and Pixar movies were created was delightful. Who knew there were so many different roles within every step of the process from ideation to lighting within a film? The experience of interacting with the other visitors and learning about their diverse backgrounds that brought them to SIGGRAPH was reassuring to hear as I am still figuring out my future.

Mini-Grants Recap: Link Up's Sister to Sister 2015 Conference

Students reflect on the opportunities provided to them by the Rockefeller Center's Mini-Grants program through this ongoing series. The Mini-Grants program funds registration fees for students attending conferences relevant to the Rockefeller Center's mission as well as the costs of bringing speakers to the Dartmouth campus.

Link Up's Sister to Sister conference is a day-long retreat for seventh grade girls to discuss the many issues confronting young women such as health and fitness, self-confidence, and relationships with friends and family. This year’s conference focused on the theme of "Standing up and Speaking Out." 2015's conference included 122 girls from six middle schools in the Upper Valley, which was a large increase from the 2014 conference, which had only four middle schools. We included new activities including interactive skits for the girls to present a right and wrong response to different situations of bullying.

Mini-Grants Recap: Annual Multidisciplinary Conference at Harvard University

Students reflect on the opportunities provided to them by the Rockefeller Center's Mini-Grants program through this ongoing series. The Mini-Grants program funds registration fees for students attending conferences relevant to the Rockefeller Center's mission as well as the costs of bringing speakers to the Dartmouth campus.

Mini-Grants Recap: Consortium of Universities for Global Health Conference

Students reflect on the opportunities provided to them by the Rockefeller Center's Mini-Grants program through this ongoing seriesThe Mini-Grants program funds registration fees for students attending conferences relevant to the Rockefeller Center's mission as well as the costs of bringing speakers to the Dartmouth campus.


Mini-Grants Recap: Mobilizing Research for Global Health

Students reflect on the opportunities provided to them by the Rockefeller Center's Mini-Grants program through this ongoing series. The Mini-Grants program funds registration fees for students attending conferences relevant to the Rockefeller Center's mission as well as the costs of bringing speakers to the Dartmouth campus.

Presenting a scientific poster on my research in Swaziland at the Consortium of Universities for Global Health's (CUGH) sixth annual conference, entitled "Mobilizing Research for Global Health," was a recent culminating experience in my global health ambitions. The conference challenged me to reflect on the difficulties that a discipline like medicine presents and consider the myriad opportunities that medicine and health can provide. During the conference, in addition to presenting my poster on preventive Tuberculosis therapy in Swaziland, I listened in on many plenary speaker sessions and was fortunate enough to have individual conversations with several of the speakers.

Mini-Grants Recap: QuantCon 2015

Students reflect on the opportunities provided to them by the Rockefeller Center's Mini-Grants program through this ongoing series. The Mini-Grants program funds registration fees for students attending conferences relevant to the Rockefeller Center's mission as well as the costs of bringing speakers to the Dartmouth campus.

Mini-Grants Recap: J Street U Winter Leadership Institute

Students reflect on the opportunities provided to them by the Rockefeller Center's Mini-Grants program through this ongoing series. The Mini-Grants program funds registration fees for students attending conferences relevant to the Rockefeller Center's mission as well as the costs of bringing speakers to the Dartmouth campus.

Asher Mayerson '15 and other J Street U leaders engage with Rabbi Steve Wernick, CEO of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism.

The J Street U Winter Leadership Institute was almost entirely focused on self-interest: the self-interest of ourselves, of other student leaders, and of political and communal leaders. Much more so than before, I was able to interrogate my own self-interest in incredibly productive ways. More than ever before, I can articulate why I do the things I do and why I care about the things I care about.

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