Hampton University Professor to Serve as Rotator at National Science Foundation for the Next Year

HAMPTON, Va. (September 18, 2019) –Dr. Michelle Fletcher Claville, Director of The Nanoscience Project at Hampton University (NanoHU), Assistant Dean for the School of Science and a professor of chemistry, will spend the next year at the National Science Foundation (NSF) as a Rotator. NSF offers a chance for scientists, engineers and educators to join as temporary program directors – or rotators – who are able to make recommendations about which proposals to fund; influence new directions in the fields of science, engineering, and education; support cutting-edge interdisciplinary research; and mentor junior research members.

“It is a true honor for Dr. Michelle Fletcher Claville to be asked to serve as a Rotator for the National Science Foundation this upcoming year. The knowledge that she will bring back with her will be invaluable to our faculty and their quest for NSF funding,” said Dr. William R. Harvey, Hampton University President.

As a rotator, Dr. Claville will be able to collaborate with others in the science field and return to Hampton with new insights and experience of how to apply for NSF grants.

“I will be a Program Officer that will be responsible for grants. I’ll be managing the grants that people apply for, manage how they’re disbursed, reviewing them and much more. I’m really interested in the inner workings of the National Science Foundation and just the whole federal mechanism for obtaining funds from the powers that be, and then just seeing how the whole NSF works together,” said Dr. Claville.

Dr. Claville will be working in the Division of Human Resource Development, which support and promote activities that seek to strengthen STEM education for underserved communities. “Typically HBCUs tend towards programmatic type of funding and educational type of work, but we have scholars at Hampton who are interested in getting funding to pioneer innovative discoveries. To be able to come back and say, ‘okay, this is how you can work with a number of directorates that would be amenable to funding,’ would be just an absolute strength for us,” Dr. Claville said.

“It is a great privilege for Dr. Claville to spend one year at the National Science Foundation. Her new experiences will help our faculty write more competitive proposals when she returns,” said Dr. Calvin Lowe, Dean of the Hampton University School of Science.

Dr. Claville has been at Hampton University since 2011. She is a recipient of the NSF Historically Black Colleges and Universities Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP), Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) Implementation award and the prestigious NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER). Dr. Claville has been invited to present the results of her work with NanoHU at a number of notable venues. These include the 2015 Gordon Research Conference on Chemistry Education: Research and Practice. She was also invited to present her work at the annual international meeting of the Society of Nanoscience and Emerging Technologies in Canada, and the Fall 2018 National Meeting of the American Chemical Society. She also serves on a number of national committees including the American Chemical Society’s Committee for Professional Training.

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