YPSILANTI &emdash; In 1901, a young co-ed graduated from Michigan State Normal College (now Eastern Michigan University) with a warm interest in her alma mater and a serious concern for the status of professional women.

Through the decades that followed, the "serious concern" led to the creation of the Josephine Nevins Keal Development Fund Fellowships at Eastern Michigan University. During EMU's Sesquicentennial Year, nine women faculty members will benefit from Keal's generosity.

"Josephine Nevins Keal Development Fund Fellowships assist faculty women in their upward mobility by supporting scholarly activities that aren't fully funded by other means," said Joanne Hansen, chair of EMU's Women's Commission.

Fellowships range from $250 to $700. Priority is given to junior faculty members, Hansen said. Keal Fellowships are awarded once a year and are available to all tenure-track women faculty members, who have taught at least two terms at EMU. The awards are given for conducting original research, publishing research results, attending professional conferences to report results and/or enhance professional advancement of as many female faculty members as possible, Hansen added.

The 1998-99 Keal Award winners are:

• Joanne Caniglia, of Ypsilanti, associate professor of mathmatics, will conduct original research where she will "describe and analyze the impact of reflection interventions on approaches to multicultural education as defined by Sleeter and Grant (1994)."

• Cathy Fleischer, of Ann Arbor, associate professor English language and literature, will be a participant at the NCTE Spring Conference in Cinncinnati.

• Deborah Heyl-Clegg, of Ann Arbor, associate professor of chemistry, will attend the American Peptide Symposium in Minneapolis, Minn.

• Susan C. Kattelus, of Okemos, associate professor of accounting, will be a presenter at the Midwest Accounting Society meeting in Chicago.

• Alice Jo Rainville, of Livonia, assistant professor of human, environmental and consumer resources, will be attending the Biennial Conference for the Foodservice Management Education Council in Greystone, Calif.

• Pamela K. Speelman, of Milan, associate professor, industrial technologies and Darcelle D. White, of Canton, assistant professor of business and technology education, will be conducting original research on domestic violence spilling into the workplace.

• Rosina Tammany, of Ypsilanti, associate professor of learning resources and technology, will be attending the Modern Archives Institute sponsored by the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington, D.C.

• Sylvia Weinberg, of Ypsilanti, assistant professor, department of social work, will do a qualitative study of intrafamilial caregiving patterns among approximately 30 Latinas living in poverty in southwest Detroit.