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2017-18 SAAB Representative

This year’s SAAB representative for the Classics Department is Kurt Neumaier.

The Student Academic Affairs Board (SAAB) grant program funds student research initiatives and other academic expenses via a board of student representatives from each academic discipline. For students who plan on attending or presenting at a conference, doing research in the United States or abroad, bringing speakers or lecturers to campus, doing research for a thesis, etc., the SAAB grant program is an amazing resource.

The first step to getting a grant is for students to contact two SAAB representatives at least two weeks before they plan on submitting their grant proposal (a list of SAAB reps can be found on the SAAB website). There are four different types of grants students can apply for:

  • Student-initiated research, performed either in the U.S. or overseas
  • Attendance at academic conferences either as a participant or a presenter
  • Visiting scholar programs to address new ideas and contemporary issues
  • Performances in music, art, theater, communications, or wherever one’s imagination leads

In-depth instructions for each type of application can be found here

These different types of grants have different proposal due dates and processing times. Research grants and Arts/Expression grants are due on the1st and 3rd Thursday of each month. Visiting Scholar grants and Conference grants are heard weekly and the grant proposals are due by 4pm on Thursdays. All grants will be heard within two weeks.

Kurt encourages you to contact him with any questions about SAAB or about a proposal you would like to submit. You can reach Kurt via email at

Here are some of the SAAB grants that have been awarded in the past.

Carmel Yang ’16, Research Grant

Carmel used her Research Grant to see how the Greek Refugee Crisis has affected identity formation among both Greek and non-Greek communities. This SAAB grant allowed her to work as an “independent volunteer”, giving her the freedom to travel to different sites, depending on whichever one needs additional help on that day. She incorporated her observations into her senior SOAN thesis, an ethnography which showed a less sensationalized report on the refugee crisis.

Amanda Stewart ’15, Research Grant

Amanda is using her Research Grant to travel to Germany to study the changing rituals of death and burial in contemporary German society. She is researching the topic of environmentally friendly burials and their impact on traditional burial culture in contemporary Germany. Amanda will be using her research for her German Studies Honor Thesis and will be presenting on it in Spring 2015. She will also possibly present at the Festival of Scholars, and hold a presentation, in english, open to all students and faculty.

Kristina Nelson ’15, Arts & Expressions Grant

Kristina is using her Arts & Expressions Grant to fund the purchase of a Norther KH- 930E Knitting Machine and related materials, to use for her Senior Art Thesis Project. Kristina will program the machine herself and use it to create her final pieces. Her art will be presented at the Senior Art Show in the spring, and the knitting machine and instruction manual will be left at Lewis & Clark for future students to use and possibly be incorporated into art department course curricula.

 Sarah Lowenstein ’15, Program & Conference Grant

Sarah used her Program & Conference Grant to attend the Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting in Washington D.C. The Annual Meeting is a venue for neuroscientists from around the world to present current research, interact with experts in the field, collaborate with peers, and ultimately advance their careers. Sarah will present her News & Views article to her neurochemistry class at the end of the semester, as well as present her thesis during the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Seminar in Spring 2015.



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