This year, The Nuckolls Fund surpassed the milestone of having given over $1,000,000 in grants and awards. This year’s distribution of $60,000, with $40,000 in grants and $20,000 in awards, brought the total to $1,055,000 in support of architectural lighting in colleges and universities in North America. $730,000 has been given to develop and expand lighting design courses, $170,000 has been given in fellowship grants to faculty teaching lighting, and $155,000 has been given to students who excel in their lighting design studies.
A $20,000 Lesley Wheel Introductory Lighting Program Grant was awarded to the University of Texas at San Antonio. Jae Yong Suk, Ph.D. will develop and deliver a new course in lighting design for upper level undergraduate students in both their Architecture and Interior Design programs.
A $10,000 Edison Price Fellowship Grant was awarded to Elif Tural, Ph.D. from Virginia Tech who will pursue a summer internship with the lighting design firm Oculus Light Studio in Los Angeles, California. A second $10,000 Edison Price Fellowship Grant was awarded to Nam-Kyu Park, Ph.D. from the University of Florida who will pursue a summer internship with the lighting design firm Francis Krahe & Associates in Los Angeles, California.
The $5,000 Jonas Bellovin Scholar Achievement Award was given to Rohan Nagare from RPI’s Lighting Research Center. The $5,000 Jules Horton International Student Achievement Award was given to Fatema Almajed from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She is from Bahrain. One $5,000 Designers Lighting Forum of New York Student Achievement Award was given to Michael Kuhlenengel from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. A second $5,000 Designers Lighting Forum of New York Student Achievement Award was given to Madeline Halpern from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
The Nuckolls Fund has continued to update its website at www.nuckollsfund.org and has become a substantial resource for educational materials. There are eight teaching modules on the site and the proceedings from the IES Symposium “Light+Seniors: A Vision for the Future”. There are also three videos of the work done by Cindy Limauro during lighting design workshops she developed with Nuckolls Funds grants.
All are available at no charge.