25+ Examples of Excellence

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  1. Hampshire College recently ranked as the #8 best liberal arts college in the U.S. by Academic Influence. The ranking system by Academic Influence uses artificial intelligence technology to search massive databases and measure the impact of work by individuals who’ve been affiliated with colleges and universities throughout the world.
  2. Obviously AI, a tech startup founded by Hampshire alums Nirman Dave 15F and Tapojit (Tapu) Debnath 15F, recently announced it had raised $4.7 million in seed funding to support its research and development work.
  3. Hampshire College alum Heather McCargo 78F, founder of the nonprofit Wild Seed Project, was awarded a Source Award for her leadership in promoting native plant populations and working to restore biodiversity in Maine.
  4. Hampshire alum and environmental engineer Mimi Alkattan 13F received a Fulbright Award to conduct research on the drinking water quality supplied to Indian cities.
  5. Hampshire College alum Kanya D'Almeida 06F, a Sri Lankan writer and journalist, is the 2021 winner of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize. The Commonwealth Short Story Prize is an international award given annually to promote talented new and emerging voices and bring them to a global audience.
  6. Hampshire College Assistant Professor of Plant Science Blair McLaughlin was recently awarded a Whiting Foundation grant to study tree conservation genetics and adaptation to climate change at the National Tropical Botanical Garden headquarters in Kauai, Hawaii.
  7. Hampshire College graduate Jacey Shal’e Carrier 17F was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to study in South Korea for the 2021-22 academic year.
  8. Hampshire is among the top 20 colleges for entrepreneurs, according to a Forbes list. The list was compiled from LinkedIn data on college graduates, identifying the top 20 schools with founders of the most companies with 10 or more employees.
  9. Hampshire College was named “Best in Northeast” for game design according to a 2021 report by Intelligent.com. Intelligent.com measured “flexibility, faculty, course strength, cost, and reputation” as the key metrics. Hampshire was also named #27 overall in the country. 
  10. Associate Professor of Music Junko Oba was recently selected for a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)-funded summer seminar for higher education faculty working around the political, social, and cultural impacts of radio and sound technologies on decolonization.
  11. Hampshire College alum Allison A. Waite 11F was named one of two winners in the Best African American Student Filmmakers category of the Directors Guild of America (DGA) Student Film Awards for her documentary film The Dope Years: The Story of Latasha Harlins.
  12. Epidemiologist and Hampshire College alum Dr. Justin Xavier Moore 07F was awarded a five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to support his research on geographic and racial disparities in mammography screening and care.
  13. For more than two decades, Professor Emerita of Literature and Gender Studies Jill Lewis used education as a powerful tool in the international fight against the devastating spread of the HIV epidemic. Approaching the issue from cultural and gender-focused perspectives, she has developed and implemented HIV-awareness and -prevention initiatives in parts of North America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean.
  14. Professor Emeritus of Peace and World Security Studies (PAWSS) Michael Klare is the author of 13 books on geopolitical topics and a frequent media commentator on international issues of energy and stability.
  15. Recent Hampshire alums David Blumenstiel 13F and Madison McDonald 15F were both published in internationally recognized archeological science and physical anthropology research journals for their Div III work relating to exposure to geogenic elements (of or relating to the earth) by ancient Andeans.
  16. Professor of Biological Anthropology Alan Goodman is a past president of the American Anthropological Association and co-directed the largest public education project on race, entitled "RACE: Are We So Different?"
  17. Hampshire College alum filmmaker and artist Madeleine Hunt-Ehrlich 07S and visual artist Miatta Kawinzi 07S were each awarded a $50,000 Jerome Hill Fellowship.
  18. Manny Castro 02F, executive director of the New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE) organization in Queens, NY, was recognized with a $200,000 grant from the David Prize, which supports New Yorkers with the plans and vision to make a difference in the lives of the city’s residents.
  19. Five Colleges, Incorporated was awarded a $2.5 million, four-year grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to help its member campuses transform how they approach Native American and Indigenous studies (NAIS), with the goal of enhancing teaching, learning, and scholarship in the field.  
  20. A theorySuperDense quantum teleportationposed by Hampshire College physics professor Herbert Bernstein was selected for testing on the International Space Station. Theoretical physicist Bernstein devised the SuperDense scheme more than a decade ago in his investigations of different ways to send a quantum state from one part of a laboratory to a remote station. He is now part of a team of experimental quantum mechanics investigators, led by physics professor Paul Kwiat at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, which has finally performed the actual feat of SuperDense teleportation.
  21. Assistant Professor of Cognition and Education Tim Zimmerman is using a $409,000 National Science Foundation grant to research ways to better teach 21st century scientific practices. The grant is funded through the NSF Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) program.
  22. Professor of Film and Photography Abraham Ravett’s films were featured in a retrospective at the Festival Film Dokumenter in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, the oldest documentary-only festival in Southeast Asia.
  23. The Incident at Tower 37, an animated film written and directed by Professor Chris Perry and collaboratively created with his students over four years, has shown in more than 60 festivals and won 20 awards. View film.
  24. The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) awarded Hampshire College a 2018 Campus Sustainability Achievement Award, recognizing the R.W. Kern Center, the 17th Living Certified Building in the world, as an outstanding achievement toward sustainability in higher education.
  25. Hampshire College has earned a STARS Gold rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), recognizing the College’s sustainability achievements across academics, operations, leadership, and more.


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