Jeanne E. Weintraub

Jeanne E. Weintraub

Associate Director, Grants Office

Pontypool

Jeanne Weintraub works to secure external funding for Amherst, especially for institutional priorities in STEM (science, technology and mathematics). She supports faculty grantseeking with a focus on the sciences, mathematics, and the social sciences. Jeanne helps faculty in those and related disciplines identify likely funding sources and grant programs, and assists with proposal development, reporting, and the internal approval process.

Prior to joining the Grants Office team in 2002, Jeanne researched and analyzed data for a variety of organizations, including the Channing Bete Publishing Company and the Massachusetts Governor’s Highway Safety Board. As a business consultant, Jeanne provided marketing, database management, and web development services to local non-profit organizations and small businesses.  A native of Pennsylvania, Jeanne is a graduate of Cook College, Rutgers University, and holds a B.S. degree in environmental studies.

Mary E. Strunk

Mary E. Strunk

Assistant Director, Grants Office

Pontypool

Mary Elizabeth Strunk joined the Grants Office in 2014. She researches grant opportunities, oversees some external office communications, and supports faculty, especially those who seek external funding in political science, film and media studies, and theater and dance.

Mary is a graduate of Georgetown University who also holds a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Minnesota. For many years, she taught interdisciplinary courses in English, American studies, and women and gender studies at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Syracuse University, and Hamline University, among others. Mary has been the public relations and publications manager at the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, a research associate at the Five College Women’s Studies Center, and a freelance writer and editor. Before coming to the Grants Office, she was the communications leader for Mediate Your Life, a company that provides training in conflict resolution and mediation.

The Grants Office

The Grants Office (formerly Foundation and Corporate Relations) works to support the College's Advancement effort. The GO seeks major grants from national foundations and corporations in support of broad institutional programs and initiatives. Projects for which GO staff help seek support may include a curriculum development initiative, the construction or renovation of a campus building, programs serving the needs of Amherst students or faculty, or the purchase of major equipment to enhance teaching and research at the College.

The Grants Office collaborates with the Office of the Dean of the Faculty to assist faculty seeking external funds for their research.  Visit the GO web site for links to funding opportunity databases, info on the most popular grant competitions, and advice on proposal writing. With enough advance notice notice, Grants Office staff can offer informed advice on every stage of the grant proposal writing process. They can also advise on constructing project budgets and College polices on faculty proposals for external funding.