Current Grant Recipients

In the year 2020, the largest annual number of grants and awards in its thirty-one-year history has been distributed by The Nuckolls Fund for Lighting Education.

Oregon State University in 2020
This $45,000 Milham Catalyst Grant is to develop a program called “Applied Architectural Lighting”, a sequence of three courses that will form the core lighting curriculum in the Architectural Engineering program. The program will be shared with lighting educators worldwide. Principal Investigator for this grant is Kevin Houser.

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo in 2020
This $35,000 Milham Catalyst Grant is to develop a program called “Lighting Education: Deep Learning from Fundamentals to Integration”.  This program will be applied to the school’s lighting program and encourage architecture and design students to explore the integration of lighting with such topics as health, climate, materials, form, energy, heating/cooling, and affect. Principal Investigator for this grant is Sandy Stannard.

The University of Colorado at Boulder in 2020
This $35,000 Milham Catalyst Grant is to develop a program called “Expanding Lighting Education with Online Certificates”.  The program will allow for a foundational Professional Certificate in Lighting to be offered each year and two Advanced Professional Certificates, one in Lighting Engineering and one in Lighting Design.  The certificates will enable a stream of professionals, through mid-career shifts or interdisciplinary work, to continue building the lighting industry as a high-quality field of practice in a time of rapid technological advancements. Principal Investigator for this grant is Sandra Vasconez.

Wentworth Institute of Technology, Boston in 2020
This $35,000 Milham Catalyst Grant is to develop a program called “Lighting Design Education Portal”.  The program will help students understand the art and science of lighting design from the beginning phase through post-occupancy.  Principal Investigator for this grant is Seunghae Lee.

New York School of Interior Design in 2020
This $20,000 Nuckolls Grant is to develop a new lighting course called “Health Factors of Lighting and Daylighting.” This advanced course will introduce students to light and health research and applications.  Principal Investigator for this grant is Shaun Fillion. 

Carnegie Mellon University in 2020
This $20,000 Nuckolls Grant is to develop a new lighting course called “Shaping Light.”  This project is a new approach to teaching students how to design with and for light while understanding the paradox of lighting design – that it is both art and science. Principal Investigator for this grant is Azadeh Omidfar Sawyer.

Edison Price Fellowship Awards in 2020
A $10,000 Edison Price Fellowship Grant was awarded to Mejedeh Modarres Nezhad of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro for a summer internship with Available Light in Boston.

A second $10,000 award was awarded to Glenn Shrum from the Parsons School of Design, for a research residency at Aalborg University, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Current Award Recipients

Jonas Bellovin Scholar Achievement Award in 2020
This $5,000 Award was given to Andrea Young Fierro who is studying lighting at the Parsons School of Design.  Ms. Young Fierro plans to use the award to expand her knowledge of the lighting industry though continued courses, conferences, and workshops.

Jules Horton International Student Achievement Award in 2020
This $5,000 Award was given to Danah Boabbas, from Kuwait, who is studying lighting at the University of Colorado at Boulder.  Ms. Boabbas will use the award to further her education and pursue graduate courses in lighting.

Designers Lighting Forum of New York Student Achievement Award in 2020
This $5,000 Award was given to John Sloane who is studying lighting at Pennsylvania State University.  Mr. Sloane plans to use the funds to offset his school loans and focus on his career as a lighting designer.

Designers Lighting Forum of New York Student Achievement Award in 2020
This $5,000 Award was given to Kasia Kozak studying lighting at RPI’s Lighting Research Center.  Ms. Kozak plans to use the funds towards tuition costs to complete her degree.

Past Grant Recipients

2019 Grant Recipients

Mississippi State University in 2019
This $20,000 Nuckolls Fund Grant is to assist in the development of a new class, Lessons from the Theatre: Architectural Lighting Design. The addition of the course to the current lighting curriculum will allow students to complete the requirements for a lighting certification. Principal investigator for this grant is Robin Carroll.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2019
This $20,000 Nuckolls Fund Grant is to develop and deliver a new course in lighting, Lighting for Plant Growth and Health. Mark Rea, Ph.D. is the Principal Investigator with Co-Principal Investigator Leora Radestky.

Edison Price Fellowship Award in 2019
This $10,000 Edison Price Fellowship Grant was awarded to Asha Hegde, Ph.D. from Texas State University who will pursue an eight-week mentorship program with Professor Mariana G. Figueiro of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

2018 Grant Recipients

University of Cincinnati in 2018
This $20,000 Lesley Wheel Introductory Lighting Program Grant is to establish a Cross-disciplinary Architectural Lighting Education by developing and delivering a new architectural lighting course in the three programs of Architecture, Interior Design and Architectural Engineering with Julian Wang as the Principal Investigator. This grant is scheduled to be completed in 2022.

The University of Minnesota in 2018
This $20,000 Nuckolls Fund Grant is to assist in the development of a Lighting Design Minor and to develop and deliver a new course in lighting design titled Lighting Design Innovations and Technological Advances with Abimbola Asojo and Mary Guzowski as the Principal Investigators.  This grant is scheduled to be completed in 2019.

The University of Oregon in 2018
This $20,000 Nuckolls Fund Grant is to develop and deliver a new course in lighting design to be called Virtual Lighting Design with Slobhan Rockcastle as the Principal Investigator and project support by Kevin Van Den Wymelenberg, David Grigsby, Zachary Suchara, Nathaniel Jones and Naomi Miller.  This grant is scheduled to be completed in 2019.

Edison Price Fellowship Grant in 2018
This $10,000 Grant was awarded to Seunghae Lee Ph.D. from Oregon State University who will pursue a summer internship with the lighting design firm of Lam Partners in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

This $20,000 Lesley Wheel Introductory Lighting Program Grant was given to Jae Yong Suk Ph.D. as the Principal Investigator to develop and deliver a new course in lighting for upper level undergraduate students in both their Architecture and Interior Design Programs.  This grant is scheduled to be completed in 2021.

2017 Grant Recipients

University of Texas at San Antonio in 2017
This $20,000 Lesley Wheel Introductory Lighting Program Grant was given to Jae Yong Suk Ph.D. as the Principal Investigator to develop and deliver a new course in lighting for upper level undergraduate students in both their Architecture and Interior Design Programs.  This grant is scheduled to be completed in 2021.

2016 Grant Recipients

University of Idaho in Boise Idaho in 2016
This $20,000 Lesley Wheel Introductory Lighting Program Grant was given to Leyla Sanati Ph.D. as the Principal Investigator to develop and deliver a new course in lighting in the College of Art and Architecture, but the course will also be available to students in interior design.  This grant is scheduled to be completed in 2020.

Philadelphia University in Philadelphia Pennsylvania in 2016
This $20,000 Lesley Wheel Introductory Lighting Program Grant was given to James Doerfler, Lyn Godley, Matthew Gindlesparger, and Lauren Baumbach as the Principal Investigators to develop and deliver a new course called “Lighting Design”.  This course will be the first of four courses that will create an undergraduate Lighting minor and a graduate Lighting concentration across two colleges at the university.  This grant is scheduled to be completed in 2020.

2015 Grant Recipients

C & C LIGHTING
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
To develop and deliver a series of four workshops for both faculty and students at schools of architecture in the United States with Cindy Limauro and Christopher Popowich as the principal investigators.
$20,000 in 2015

MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY
Starkville, Mississippi
To develop and deliver a new course in lighting to be called “Integrated Lighting Solutions” with Robin Carroll and William Riehm as principal investigators.
$20,000 in 2015

Past Award Recipients

2019 Award Recipients

Jonas Bellovin Scholar Achievement Award in 2019
This $5,000 Award was given to Andi Walter who is studying lighting at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.  Ms. Walter is a graduate of UNO’s Architectural Engineering program and plans to pursue masters courses including Daylighting Design.  She will use this award to offset cost for masters classes and to attend lighting conferences to expand her knowledge of the lighting industry. 

Jules Horton International Student Achievement Award in 2019
This $5,000 Award was given to Rohan Nagare, from India, who is studying lighting at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.  Mr. Nagare will use the award to further his education, to share his research with industry experts, to travel to lighting and circadian rhythm conferences and to acquire a computer to help advance his research.

Designers Lighting Forum of New York Student Achievement Award in 2019
This $5,000 Award was given to Aldo Jacques J. Espina who is studying lighting at Parsons School of Design in New York City.  Mr. Espina plans to use the funds toward the development of his graduate thesis and funding for his final semester at Parsons.

Designers Lighting Forum of New York Student Achievement Award in 2019
This $5,000 Award was given to Laura Hinkle who is focusing on the study of light and electrical systems at Pennsylvania State University.  Ms. Hinkle plans to use the funds to offset tuition costs so she is better able to focus on her studies.

2018 Award Recipients

Jonas Bellovin Scholar Achievement Award in 2018
This $5,000 Award was given to Dixon Stein who is studying lighting the University of Colorado at Boulder.  Mr. Stein is graduating in 2018 from the Environmental Design Program with an emphasis in architecture and pursued a lighting design certificate through the architectural engineering program.  He will use his award to start his career in lighting and help offset student loans.

Jules Horton International Student Achievement Award in 2018
This $5,000 Award was given to Archanaa Pradhapan, from India, who is studying lighting at Pennsylvania State University.  Ms. Pradhapan is pursuing a Master of Science degree in their Architectural Engineering Program excelling in six lighting courses to date.   She will use her award to help fund her continued studies and reduce some of her student loans.

Designers Lighting Forum of New York Student Achievement Award in 2018
This $5,000 Award was given to Riley Johnson who is studying lighting at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.  Mr. Johnson completed his Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering with a lighting option and will begin a Master of Science in Architectural Engineering with a lighting option later this year.  He will use his award to help pay the tuition to finish his Master’s degree.

Designers Lighting Forum of New York Student Achievement Award in 2018
This $5,000 Award was given to Joanna Filter who is studying lighting at Parsons School of Design in New York City.   Ms. Filter held the highest cumulative grade point average across all three Parsons lighting design degree programs.  She will use her award to pay for costs related to her thesis research and to pay down a portion of her student loans.

2017 Award Recipients

ELIF TURAL Ph.D., EDISON PRICE FELLOW
VIRGINIA TECH
Blacksburg, Virginia
To pursue a summer internship with Oculus Light Studio in Los Angeles, California
$10,000 in 2017

NAM-KYU PARK Ph.D., EDISON PRICE FELLOW
UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
Gainesville, Florida
To pursue a summer internship with Francis Krahe at Francis Krahe & Associates in Los Angeles, California
$10,000 in 2017

ROHAN NAGARE, JONAS BELLOVIN SCHOLAR
RPI’S LIGHTING RESEARCH CENTER
Award for demonstrating outstanding performance in an established lighting program.
$5,000 in 2017

FATEMA ALMAJED, JULES HORTON INTERNATIONAL SCHOLAR
UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO AT BOULDER
Award for demonstrating outstanding performance in an established lighting program.
$5,000 in 2017

MADELINE HALPERN, DESIGNERS LIGHTING FORUM OF NEW YORK SCHOLAR
UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO/BOULDER
Award for demonstrating outstanding performance in an established lighting program.
$5,000 in 2017

MICHAEL KUHLENENGEL, DESIGNERS LIGHTING FORUM OF NEW YORK SCHOLAR
UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA AT LINCOLN
Award for demonstrating outstanding performance in an established lighting program.
$5,000 in 2017

2016 Award Recipients

JEFFREY MUNDINGER, JONAS BELLOVIN SCHOLAR
PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY
Award for demonstrating outstanding performance in an established lighting program.
$5,000 in 2016

THOMAS MNICH, JULES HORTON INTERNATIONAL SCHOLAR
PARSONS THE NEW SCHOOL FOR DESIGN
Award for demonstrating outstanding performance in an established lighting program.
$5,000 in 2016

SHELBY WHITE, DESIGNERS LIGHTING FORUM OF NEW YORK SCHOLAR
UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO/BOULDER
Award for demonstrating outstanding performance in an established lighting program.
$5,000 in 2016

ROHAN NAGARE, DESIGNERS LIGHTING FORUM OF NEW YORK SCHOLAR
RPI’S LIGHTING RESEARCH CENTER
Award for demonstrating outstanding performance in an established lighting program.
$5,000 in 2016

2015 Award Recipients

STEPHEN FINNEY, JONAS BELLOVIN SCHOLAR
PARSONS THE NEW SCHOOL FOR DESIGN
Award for demonstrating outstanding performance in an established lighting program.
$5,000 in 2015

ARPAN GUHA, JULES HORTON INTERNATIONAL SCHOLAR
UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA AT LINCOLN
Award for demonstrating outstanding performance in an established lighting program.
$5,000 in 2015

CRAIG CASEY, DESIGNERS LIGHTING FORUM OF NEW YORK SCHOLAR
PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY
Award for demonstrating outstanding performance in an established lighting program.
$5,000 in 2015

CHARLES JARBOE, DESIGNERS LIGHTING FORUM OF NEW YORK SCHOLAR
RPI’S LIGHTING RESEARCH CENTER
Award for demonstrating outstanding performance in an established lighting program.
$5,000 in 2015