The Hamel Center for Undergraduate Research thrives with the support of individuals and families who have generously established endowments that nurture the intellectual curiosity of our undergraduates of today, and those of the future. Currently, 100% of the funding for undergraduate research awards and fellowships comes from donor gifts.
The Hamel Center for Undergraduate Research was established by the University of New Hampshire Foundation, Inc. through the generosity of Dana A. and his late wife Kathryn Poore Hamel, long-time friends and benefactors of the University of New Hampshire. Dana currently resides in North Palm Beach, Florida, and spends summers in Tuftonboro, New Hampshire.
He received an A.B. in economics from Harvard College in 1952 and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration in 1954. He served as an officer in the U.S. Army’s Quartermaster Corps, worked for Dow Chemical, and managed investments, before co-founding Penn Corporation in 1964. He was chairman of the Princeton, New Jersey, consumer products company until it was sold in 1987. Dana has served on the UNH Foundation Board of Directors and its Investment and Finance Committee since 1998. Kay graduated from Lasell College in 1949. She served as an overseer at Lasell College and on the Advisory Council of the New England Historical Genealogical Society. Dana and Kay have two sons, David and Douglas, and a daughter, Karen.
Dana Hamel, with his second wife Karol, continues to support higher education and to hold the belief that the University of New Hampshire will play a dominant role in determining New Hampshire’s political, cultural and economic future. In recognition of his philanthropic work, in 2012 Dana Hamel was awarded the UNH Foundation's Hubbard Award.
Professor Balomenos Fund for Undergraduate Research:
Established through the generosity of Shaula Balomenos Levenson ‘76 and Dana S Levenson, in memory of Mrs. Levenson’s father, Richard H. Balomenos, and in honor of his years of service to UNH. Professor Balomenos had a profound influence on mathematics education in the State of New Hampshire. His tenure at UNH began in 1961 with a dual role as assistant professor at UNH and math teacher at Oyster River High School. Although he was serving as Chair of the Math Department at the time of his sudden death in 1986, he never lost his enthusiasm for teaching in the classroom. This fund supports undergraduate research in the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, with preference given to students conducting research in the areas of Mathematics and Math Education.
Eric Wilkes Bell Memorial Award:
Established with gifts from Eric’s family and friends, this fund assists natural resources undergraduates who pursue research in the fields of environmental conservation, including soil conservation, water resource management, forestry and wildlife management. Read how the Bell Memorial Fund helped Dan Turaj go on a "laboratory safari."
Class of 1962 Student Enrichment Fund:
This fund was established by members of the UNH Class of 1962 in celebration of their fiftieth reunion in 2012. The fund provides financial assistance to students participating in a University research project through the Hamel Center.
Class of 1959 Fund for Excellence:
First established in 1984 with a gift from the Class of 1959, their spouses, and friends, this fund was rededicated to the Hamel Center for Undergraduate Research in 2007 with the purpose of helping students enhance their undergraduate experience by engaging in research. Amanda Bellerose and Thaddaeus Webster received funding for their summer 2008 projects from the Class of 1959.
Patricia M. Flowers ’45 Scholarship Fund:
Established in 2009 through the generosity of Patricia Moulton Flowers, who graduated from UNH in 1945 with a degree in Secretarial Studies, this fund supports undergraduates participating in a research project through the Hamel Center.
Karen L. Harrower Undergraduate Research Fund:
This fund was established through the generosity of Karen L. Harrower ’72, and provides research grants to earth sciences undergraduates. Read how the Harrower Fund made it possible for geology graduate Jack Loveless to dig deep into the geologic secrets of the earth.
J. Raymond Hepler Endowed Fund:
Established in memory of former UNH Professor of Horticulture, J.R. Hepler, through the generosity of his daughter, Helen Hepler Clapp ’39. The fund provides financial support for undergraduate research opportunities for students enrolled in the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture.
Honors Program/Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) Endowment Fund:
Established through the generosity of alumni and friends of UNH and a matching grant from the Cogswell Benevolent Trust, this fund provides support for undergraduate research fellowships and awards.
Elizabeth Lunt Knowles Fund:
Created with gifts from Elizabeth Lunt Knowles, this fund supports and promotes achievement and excellence in undergraduate education, especially for students in the College of Liberal Arts. Read how the Knowles Fund supported English major Elizabeth Keane in her quest to discover the literary roots of her family history on Ireland’s Aran Islands.
Occupational Therapy 50th Anniversary Endowment for Undergraduate Research:
This fund was established with gifts from alumni, friends, and corporations in celebration of the 50th anniversary of UNH’s Department of Occupational Therapy. The fund encourages and assists UNH students to engage in research and grow as occupational therapy practitioners and scholars.
Dorothy Perkins O'Neil '42 Endowed Fund:
Established through the generosity of Mrs. Dorothy Perkins O’Neil ’42, this fund supports undergraduates pursuing research in the field of human nutrition. Read about O’Neil Fund recipient Heather Moher, whose on-campus research grew into an IROP grant.
Arthur and Cynthia Rand Undergraduate Research Fund:
Established through the generosity of Arthur (Garth) Rand ’58, and Cynthia Pollard Rand ’58, to provide financial assistance to encourage undergraduate research that will improve the environment and protect natural resources.
Rogers Family Undergraduate Research Fund:
The Rogers Family Foundation established this fund to encourage liberal arts undergraduates to participate in research. Read how the Rogers Family Fund helped anthropology graduate Jesse McEntee to explore Pakistani culture in Manchester, N.H.
UNH Parents Association Undergraduate Research Opportunities Endowment:
Established by a gift from the UNH Parents Fund, this endowment underwrites at least one Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship annually.
Donald James Wilcox Endowed Fellowship Fund:
Created with a generous gift from Kenneth R. Manning, friend and colleague to Professor Wilcox, this fund promotes undergraduate research in historical topics. Read how the Wilcox Fund supported history graduate Andrew Case as he traced the history of Route 93 through New Hampshire’s Franconia Notch.
John and Marjorie Beyersdorf Fund for International Research:
Established through the generosity of John P. Beyersdorf '57 and Marjorie McCausland Beyersdorf, this fund supports undergraduate participation in a University-approved international research experience.
Class of 1952 International Research Fund:
Established by the Class of 1952 in celebration of their 50th reunion, the fund provides financial assistance for undergraduates who participate in a University-approved international research experience.
Frank R. and Patricia S. Noonan International Research Fund:
Established through the generosity of Frank R. Noonan '64, and Patricia S. Noonan, the fund provides financial assistance for undergraduates to participate in a University-approved international research experience through the International Research Opportunities Program. Read how the Noonan Fund provided a life-changing experience for anthropology graduate Jessie Wallner.
"Today when I visit campus, I see so much happening, so much potential. You have to be impressed by what students can accomplish here today; it makes me want to come back to study." -- Frank Noonan, friend of IROP, pictured here with Patricia Noonan (left) and Ralitsa Mintcheva, '03, Business Administration
Samuel N. and Sarah A. Paul International Research Fund:
This fund was established through the generosity of Samuel N. Paul ’60, and Sarah Anthony Paul ’60, to provide financial assistance for UNH undergraduates who participate in a University-approved international research experience. Read how the Paul Fund helped mechanical engineering graduate Angela Pelletier follow her interest in wave mechanics across "the Pond" to Scotland.
Robert G. Wakefield International Research Fund:
This fund was established with a bequest from Charlotte R. Wakefield in loving memory of her husband, Robert. It supports international research opportunities for UNH students.