Joanne Cavanaugh Simpson Receives Arts Innovation Grant, Launches Francis Bacon Fellowship Program for Undergraduate Science Essayists

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Writing Seminars Lecturer Joanne Cavanaugh Simpson (MA Writing Seminars 1997) has received a 2015 Arts Innovation Grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Cavanaugh Simpson will use the grant to support a seminar series, “Scientist Essayists: The Next Generation,” in which a cohort of undergraduate science majors will learn the techniques of the essay form. The four-part seminar series will take place on Saturdays in April 2016.  The grant will also fund public readings and roundtable discussions at Homewood by top national scientist essayists.

Students chosen to participate in the seminars will be awarded Francis Bacon Fellowships of between $100 and $500, and the strongest essay written during the seminar series will be read on WYPR’s public radio show The Signal.

The early-decision fellowship application deadline is December 15, 2015. Details can be found at Questions can be sent to