Application deadlines in 2012-13: October 5, 2012 and February 8, 2013
This program is intended to help provide opportunities for students in the Environmental Studies Program to pursue hands-on research and creative activities outside of the classroom under the mentorship of an Environmental Studies faculty member. Work associated with the award may be conducted during the academic year or during the Summer I/Summer II sessions. Awards of up to $500 can be used to help defray the cost of a project. A total of $2000 will be available to be awarded each academic year. Preference will be given to students majoring in Environmental Studies, but all students with a major or minor in Environmental Studies are eligible to apply.
Applications should be submitted as a Word document or .pdf to Dr. Steven Kohler. Applications should consist of six sections:
Student information should include the:
The abstract should be a brief (maximum 1 page) summary of the proposed project that captures the scope, methods, and main contributions of the project.
The project description should be a 2-4 page description of the proposed activity and should include: a clear justification of the proposed project, how it will be accomplished, the expected outcomes of the activity, and an anticipated timeline. If the project involves human subjects, animal use, radiation use, or use of recombinant DNA, this should be described and evidence should be presented that the student is working with the faculty mentor to receive approval from the appropriate university committee.
The bibliography should contain all the references cited in the project description.
The budget should include an itemized description of anticipated expenses for materials, supplies, and travel, and a statement indicating whether other sources of funds are available to help defray costs.
Finally, the faculty mentor letter should indicate that the faculty mentor has read the proposal and is willing to supervise and assist the student with the proposed activities.
Proposals will be reviewed by the Environmental Studies faculty. Preference will be given to proposals that involve scholarly research or creative activities rather than service or outreach projects. Incomplete proposals (i.e., missing one or more of the sections described above) will be returned without review to the applicant with an invitation to submit a completed proposal for the next deadline.