Grossman Global Studies Fund

The Kenneth S. Grossman ’78 Global Studies Fund, established in honor of Professor Eugene E. Leach, supports student investigations of global issues that confront humankind in the 21st century.  Examples of such issues include human rights, peacekeeping, the preservation of the ecosphere, migrations and diasporas, international health standards, and the consequences of revolutionary advances in information technology and bioengineering.

Grossman Research Grants for Global Studies

All students undertaking investigations in global issues for a Trinity course or under the supervision of a Trinity faculty member are eligible to apply for grants from the Grossman Fund to attend conferences, visit libraries, conduct fieldwork, or offset other research-related expenses. 

A faculty committee meets each year in April to evaluate applications and to determine the amount of grants.  The maximum grant, ordinarily, will not exceed $1,000.

Students awarded grants are expected to make use of their funding by September of the following year, or, in the case of seniors, by graduation, and to submit a report to the Center for Urban and Global Studies describing the activities made possible by the grant.


The Grossman Grant will not be given this year.  For information, please contact Rashana Lord at


Click here for the Grossman Research Grant application form.

The Grossman Senior Research Prize for Global Studies

The Grossman Fund also supports an annual prize competition for theses or senior research projects dealing with global issues.  Eligible work includes theses or other projects based on original research undertaken for a Trinity course, or under the supervision of a Trinity faculty member in a student's senior year.

Nominations of eligible work must be received from the supervising faculty member each year in April. 

  •   First prize will carry a cash award of $400, and second prize an award of $100.

  •   Prizes and certificates will be awarded on Honors Day.

The review committee for both the research grant and senior research prize is chaired by Professor Sean Cocco and includes Professor Sonia Cardenas and Dean Xiangming Chen.

Submissions of Entries

The deadline for the Grossman Prize Nominations is April 13, 2014. 

Nominated papers should be submitted electronically to Rashana Lord at

Congratulations to the 2013 Winners of the Grossman Prize:

First Prize

Christopher Hyde '13:  "Unlearning a Great Many Things:  Mark Twain, Palestine, and American Perspectives on the Orient"

Second Prize

Ananya Sahay '13:  "India's Boom Towns:  Socio-Economic Consequences of Information Technology-Led Development in Chennai and Bangalore - Analysis post 1991 Liberalization Reforms in India"

Read the essays by clicking on the links above.

Past Winners


First Prize:  Allison J. Selby '12:  "Hukou"

Second Prize:  Jenna Carroll '12:  "Tiger Trafficking in Myanmar and Thailand"

First Prize:  Rosalia Abreu '11, "Life at the Margins:  A Gendered Analysis of the Consequences of Antihaitianismo in the Dominica Republic"

First Prize:  Meredith A. McLaughlin '11, "Cult of the Gun:  The Impact of Arabized Islam on Kashmiriyat and the Liberation Movement on Jammu and Kashmir"

Second Prize:  Sophia A. Melograno '11, "Light a Candle Rather than Curse the Darkness:  The Effect of HIV/AIDS on Women's Labor Opportunities in Tanzania"


Fist Prize:  Jeannie Guzmàn '10, "A Look at the Most Vulndrable:  The Problem of Street-Working Children in Chile"

Second Prize:  Jennifer M. Abalajon '10, "Philippines, Inc. Brought to you by San Miguel" 


First Prize:  Verdell Walker '09, "Investing the islamic Way"

Second Prize:  None


First Prize:  Christina S. Wheeler-Castillo ’08, "Measurement of SocioEconmic Position and its Health Implications in Rural Ecuador"

Second Prize:  Lydia D. Batholomew '08, "The Struggle for Civil Rights:  The Case of the Palestinian Citizens of Israel"

To read the essays of our previous winners, please visit the Trinity College Digital Repository.


All questions regarding Grossman Research Grants or the Grossman Prize competition should be directed toRashana Lord at