BC Foundation Mini-Grants

The 2021-22 Mini-Grant Application is now closed! 



BC Foundation Mini-Grants are open to faculty, staff, and administrators and are given to support ongoing projects, one-time projects, and new programs that may not be eligible for support through other college funding sources. Preference is given to projects that are consistent with the college’s strategic plan, as well as the President’s and Foundation’s priorities and goals. The program is funded by donors to the BC Foundation, including many BC faculty and staff.

Announcing the Recipients of the
2020-2021 Foundation Mini-Grants

In December 2020, the BC Foundation awarded $20,000 in Mini-Grants to a number of BC’s faculty, staff, and administrators for a wide range of projects. Please join us in congratulating all the recipients!

Embedded Tutoring in Introductory Courses
Cassie Cross – Academic Success Center

Embedded tutoring is a supplemental instruction model where a peer tutor is assigned to a course and works closely with the instructor to support the academic needs of the students. Tutors are able to provide specific support in the course by having access to the assignments and discussion boards, and work with the instructor to enhance student understanding of concepts. Funding would support the Writing Lab’s pilot program for embedded tutoring.

Rethinking the Instructor’s Role Through a CRT Lens
Jacqui Drak – Chemistry & MBS

Through a professional learning community, 5 STEM faculty will develop and assess specific Culturally Responsive Teaching (CRT) strategies in their classrooms aimed at reducing racial equity gaps. The two-quarter-long project will use Hammond’s Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain book as a basis for this project-based faculty cohort experience. The material developed will be transmittable to other STEM faculty and courses, which will have a long-lasting impact on Division instruction.

Trevor Gamble – Physics

The purpose of this project is to allow the public (and clubs, and classes, for calculations) to view planets and stars. The hope is to purchase two Meade telescopes.

Reading Program Subscriptions
Darrell Haynes – Basic & Transitional Studies

This project is to fund reading subscriptions through Newsela for our students to supplement college and career and curricula. This subscription platform provides students access to reading materials that can be adjusted to their reading level and includes a variety of standard-aligned reading material all in one place. Faculty members have requested access to this resource to better support their students.

Threadz: Visualizing Learner Connections in Canvas Discussions
Jackie Hubbard – Health Sciences

Threadz is an open-source Learning Tool Integration that creates and shows visualizations of learner-to-learner interaction patterns in Canvas Discussions. Threadz helps users identify isolated learners in Canvas discussions, providing data for intervention to decrease learner isolation. Faculty and students in the HSEWI division will be able to access Threadz visualizations. The grant will provide funds for a PHP server solution in Amazon Web Services to host this LTI.

Exploring Factors That Contribute to Career Advancement for Professional Immigrant Women – A Case Study/Book
Paula McPherson – Academic Advising

This study focuses on the lived experiences of Professional Immigrant Women (PIW) in the United States. The challenges faced by professional immigrants, however, expand upon global assimilation topics to encompass undervaluation and workplace biases, including stagnated opportunities. The study will focus on their experiences during this transition and the strategies they used for success. I expect to publish a book about PIW study, Bellevue College Institutional Research

IRB Log #: BC-IRB-90

The Cutting Edge of Healthcare Interprofessional Education (IPE) at Bellevue College
Linda Schinman – Radiation Therapy

Automation is being applied in many ways in healthcare. This project is designed to focus on the practical application of radiation therapy and apply usability, design thinking, and innovation to create an automated workflow. Healthcare informatics is a precursor to automation, which provides data analysis and metrics. Through collaborative work and Informational Interviews, students from Healthcare Informatics and Radiation Therapy Programs will share knowledge, teach each other, and apply critical thinking skills.

Patient Surface Monitoring Using Non-Reflective Brass Bolus
Amelia Wexler – Radiation & Imaging Sciences

In Radiation Therapy, “bolus” is a tissue-equivalent material placed on post-mastectomy patients to allow for an adequate dose to the skin surface during treatment delivery. This project requires the purchase of a brass bolus sheet coated with a non-reflective material. The Bellevue College Dosimetry students in training will benefit from treatment planning with the bolus material and applying their understanding of radiation physics.

Last Updated November 30, 2021