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 Director in the National Science Foundation's Directorate of Education and Human Resources. I will have responsibility for two programs: the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation and the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Undergraduate Program. I am honored to have been chosen to serve in this capacity as it allows me to learn the inner workings of a federal foundation that has been instrumental in my own career, and has certainly benefited Hampton University," said Dr. Claville.
Dr. Claville will be working in the Division of Human Resource Development, which supports and promotes activities that seek to strengthen STEM education for underserved communities. “Typically, HBCU faculty tend to pursue and rely on programmatic funding without obtaining support for scholarly discoveries. At Hampton University, we have scholars who are interested in receiving funding for their innovative ideas, some of which may be programmatic and/or laboratory based. For me to learn how one would work with the various directorates to achieve our unique goals, would be an absolute strength for the University,” 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.