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2010

The major components of the new Integrated Science Complex earn LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Haberlin Hall renovation completed.  Integrated Science Complex opens.

2009   

Park B. and Linda Smith Laboratories opens.

Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation awards Holy Cross a $77,200 grant for undergraduate science research

National Science Foundation grants Holy Cross $900,000 from the Noyce Scholarship program for the project:  Attracting Liberal Arts STEM Students to Teaching

2008

Henry Luce Foundation awards the College $420,000 from the Clare Boothe Luce Fund for scholarships for eight outstanding women seniors in science

2007

Construction begins on the new integrated science complex.

National Science Foundation awards Holy Cross $586,509 S-STEM grant for scholarship for science students

The Sherman Fairchild Foundation granted the College $225,000 to support our young science students summer research

2006

First student graduates with major in computer science

Summer Research Program expands to accommodate 65 students, who live together on campus and work directly with faculty mentors

2005

Kenneth Mills, Ph.D. (chemistry) awarded a CAREER from the National Science Foundation ($795,000), the College's first such award and its largest faculty research award to date.

A team of biology faculty received a $206,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to establish a confocal microscope laboratory.

Amy Wolfson, Ph.D. (psychology) awarded a $1.07 million grant from the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development for research into children's sleep cycles and effects on learning.  It is the largest faculty research award to date.

2004

The Simeon Fortin Charitable Trust awarded Holy Cross another grant in a series of grants to support cancer research on campus.  The only other awardees were the Dana-Farber Cancer Center and the University of Massachusetts Cancer Research Center.
Planning for new science building and renovations of Haberlin Hall begins.

2003

Professors Robert Bellin (Biology) and Kenneth Mills (Chemistry) receive a grant from the National Science Foundation ($255,503) to establish a Biochemistry Core Facility.

Professor Mary Lee S. Ledbetter (biology) named "Distinguished Teaching Scholar" by the National Science Foundation ($301,000), one of only five in the nation.

2001

Arthur Vining Davis Foundations grant for renovating Physics in Daily Life and Modern Physics teaching laboratories ($200,000).

2000

O'Neil Hall undergoes a complete renovation and addition of a new wing.

Alden Trust supports new teaching laboratories (cellular biology and neurobiology) in O'Neil Hall ($600,000).

Robert Garvey, Ph.D. (physics) named "United States Professor of the Year" from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education.

1998

Avon Foundation Scholarship for Women Science Students awarded.

Baccalaureate Origins of Doctorate Recipients (8th Ed.) ranked Holy Cross 53rd among 1036 private, four-year colleges in the number of its graduates earning doctorates in the life sciences (most go on to medical or dental schools instead of graduate schools), 26th in physics/astronomy, 17th in chemistry and 11th in mathematics.

Holy Cross is ranked among the top 10 undergraduate schools nationwide in the number of American Chemical Society certified chemistry graduates and was ranked first in the nation twice during the past 15 years. Chemical and Engineering News (1998) ranked Holy Cross 21st in the nation on this measure among all schools; first in the nation among liberal arts colleges.

Clare Boothe Luce student science scholarship grant awarded by the Henry Luce Foundation ($300,000).

The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation make a series of awards for chemistry spanning seven years.

The Department of Chemistry receives a Major Research Instrument grant from the National Science Foundation to purchase a 400 MHz NMR spectrometer to support chemistry research and education.

1997

Yahoo Internet Life names Holy Cross one of the nation's top 25 "most wired" campuses.

Environmental studies concentration established

1996   

Howard Hughes Medical Institute grant for research, teaching and outreach to the Worcester Public Schools ($1,100,000).

1995

Current Contents positions Holy Cross 24th in the nation among undergraduate colleges in the number of science articles published by science faculty; 24th in citations to those articles; and 22nd in the scientific impact of those publications. Scientific impact of articles published by our faculty in the physical sciences is ranked 11th in the nation.

Sherman Fairchild Foundation grant for biology and physics teaching ($434,000).

1993

Clare Boothe Luce professorship in chemistry awarded ($400,000).

Howard Hughes Medical Institute grant for research, teaching and outreach to the Worcester Public Schools ($600,000).

Professor Daniel Bitran (psychology) receives the College's first F.I.R.S.T. award from the National Institutes of Health.

1994

Discovery Chemistry named a "Program that Works" by Project Kaleidoscope.

National Science Foundation grant ($900,000) for construction of chemistry student research laboratories.

Professor Mauri Ditzler (chemistry) named "Chemical Educator of the Year" from the Chemical Manufacturers Association.

Biochemistry concentration established with grant support from Merck/AAAS and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

1992   

Alden Trust awards scholarship endowment in the physical sciences ($250,000).

Charles A. Dana Foundation supports two faculty fellowships in science ($250,000).

W. M. Keck Foundation grant for "Discover Chemistry Complexes" ($300,000).

1991

Howard Hughes Medical Institute grant for research, teaching and outreach to the Worcester Public Schools ($550,000).

Kresge Foundation Science Initiative grant awarded ($500,000 for instrumentation plus an equipment maintenance endowment of $2,000,000).

1989

Pew Memorial Trust awards Science Cluster grant to Holy Cross and 15 other institutions to form the New England Consortium of Undergraduate Science Education (NECUSE).

Biological Psychology concentration established.  

1988

Holy Cross named a member of the "Oberlin Group" for its large number of science graduates who go on to earn doctorates.

“Discovery Chemistry” program inaugurated and receives over $2 million in grant support over the next five years.

1985

Swords Hall constructed.

1974

First class of women students graduate from Holy Cross.

1959

Haberlin Hall constructed.

Harry J. Goett, Ph.D. ('31) appointed first director of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.

1950

Biology building constructed; renamed O'Neil Hall in 1959.