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Ray and Lorna Coppinger Endowment Grants

COPPINGER FUND GRANTS

For student or student-faculty research projects in the cognitive or biological sciences

Ray & Lorna Coppinger

DEADLINES are once each semester

Ray Coppinger, a founding member of the faculty, was a leader in establishing Hampshire's emphasis on student inquiry and research. The Ray and Lorna Coppinger Endowment was established in 2006 to support student and student-faculty collaborative research in the cognitive and biological sciences. Income from the endowment is awarded competitively in response to proposals from students or faculty. Proposals that concern animal behavior, comparative cognition, evolution, ecology, or environmental science are given priority, but the program is not restricted to these areas.

Funding for student research projects and student-faculty collaborative research:
The Coppinger Fund supports independent student research or student-faculty collaborative research in the fields of animal behavior, wildlife biology, comparative cognition, evolution, ecology, or environmental science. These areas are given priority, but the program is not restricted to those research areas. Proposals from students must have the support of a faculty supervisor or mentor. Funds can be used for equipment, travel to field sites, supplies, or other direct research expenses. See application guidelines below.

Research assistantship, internship, or field study funding:
If a student is planning to pursue a research assistantship, internship, or field study working with a member of the Hampshire faculty, or with a faculty member at another institution, in the fields of animal behavior, wildlife biology, comparative cognition, evolution, ecology, or environmental science, the Coppinger Fund can provide the student with a grant to help defray the costs of travel to a site, housing during the internship of field study (if not provided), and some lab expenses. These research areas are given priority, but the program is not restricted to these areas. This can be during the school year or the summer.

The sponsoring faculty member will need to provide a letter that describes the internship or assistantship and the student’s role and responsibilities. If the student intends to work with a non-Hampshire faculty member, the student must provide a letter of support from the faculty member with whom the work will be done, and from a Hampshire College faculty member overseeing and approving the student’s plans and budget.

The student must be a current student at the time of the research, must be in good academic and good disciplinary standing, and must not be on an academic leave of absence. Projects must not yet be completed upon request for funding, and funding is not provided retroactively. Interested students should contact the sponsoring faculty member/researcher directly and negotiate the internship/assistantship placement directly with that faculty member, and the student is responsible for applying to the Coppinger Fund for support.

Award Amounts and Decision Making Process:
The maximum award amount available for each proposal is $3,000; funding is competitive. Funds can be used for equipment, travel to research or internship sites, housing, supplies, or other direct research expenses. The Endowment does not support faculty salary or conference travel, although in some cases student travel to professional conferences can be supported.

Currently, proposals are evaluated by the deans of Cognitive Science and Natural Science, who consult other faculty members in CS and NS as necessary. Applications are accepted in early fall term and late spring term each year. Proposals are to be submitted on paper to the administrative assistant of the School of Cognitive Science.

APPLICATION GUIDELINES FOR STUDENTS

Deadlines are announced early in each semester.
Components of Application

For Research Projects:

Cover Page, which must contain the following information:
•    Your name, email address, and mailing address
•    Hampshire Box number, or other current mailing address
•    Project Title
•    State if this work is for a Division II project or that it is for Division III
•    Name of Hampshire faculty member supervising the project
•    Name(s) and affiliation of faculty whose lab you will work in
•    Proposed start and end dates of the project
•    For Division III projects, your Division III Completion date (anticipated)
•    Location of project
•    Status of IACUC, IRB, or other regulatory certification, if needed
1. A research proposal (single-spaced, 12-pt. type, 3-page maximum) that addresses the following: (a) the area of research and its grounding in the research literature; (b) the specific hypothesis or question to be investigated; (c) the research design and methods; (d) the anticipated outcomes of the research and its implications. Proposals that concern animal behavior, wildlife biology, comparative cognition, evolution, ecology, or environmental science are given priority, but the program is not restricted to those areas.
2. Bibliographic list of references cited in the proposal (1 page maximum).
3. Brief statement of your background and qualifications for completing the project (1 page maximum).
4. Budget listing each item, its cost, and its justification, with a total. The budget must be signed by the faculty member supervising the project. The budget must state all sources of funding you have received or are applying for to support your research.
5. Copy of your approval by or application to any relevant research oversight committee:
•    For research involving animals, the relevant Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC).
•    For research involving human participants, the relevant Institutional Review Board (IRB).
•    Your faculty supervisor should have information about the above committees and regulations, as well as about other possibly applicable regulations and committees (e.g. lab use and safety approval, Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC), etc.).
6. Letter of support from your faculty supervisor. If the research is to be conducted at a lab other than or in addition to your supervisor’s or an off-campus lab or field site, you must also provide a letter of support from the supervisor at the lab site where you will be working.
7. Laboratory/Project Workspace Use and Safety Approval certification or letter from lab manager.
8. For Division III students, a copy of your Division II evaluation. If your evaluation has not been written, then include evaluations for several relevant courses, printed directly from The Hub. For Division II students, a copy of your Division I portfolio evaluation, your Division II contract, and your Division II course evaluations to date. (These documents should be printed from The Hub, not copied into another document.)

For Internships, Research Assistantships, and Field Study:

Cover Page, which must contain the following information:
•    Your name and mail address
•    Hampshire Box number, or other current mailing address
•    Project Title
•    State if this work is for a Division II project or that it is for Division III
•    Name of Hampshire faculty member supervising the project
•    Name(s) and affiliation of faculty whose lab you will work in
•    Proposed start and end dates of the project
•    For Division III projects, your Division III Completion date (anticipated)
•    Location of project
•    Status of IACUC, IRB, or other regulatory certification, if needed
1. A statement of purpose (single-spaced, 12-pt. type, 3 page maximum) that (a) describes the internship or research assistantship placement you have found and how it pertains to your academic studies and interests; (b) states the research question you will pursue or what you aim to produce and/or gain through this placement. In other words, describe what you will be doing and what you will get out of it. Proposals that concern animal behavior, wildlife biology, comparative cognition, evolution, ecology, or environmental science are given priority, but the program is not restricted to those areas.
2. Preparation: Include a statement of your preparation for this work: list relevant courses you have completed, skills you have acquired, and previous research or internship experience.
3. CV: This is your curriculum vitae (contact CORC if you need assistance).
4. Budget listing the anticipated costs and their justification, with a total. Allowable expenses include travel (to internship or field study site), housing for the duration of the internship or field study, if not provided, and some lab fees and equipment expenses directly related to the internship or field study. Your Hampshire faculty supervisor must sign off on your budget. The budget must state all sources of funding you have received or are applying for and the budget amounts you have requested to support your internship.
5. A letter of support from your faculty supervisor stating how this placement fits in with your academic plan
6. A letter from the supervisor at the site, whether it is at Hampshire or off-campus, stating what you will do in the placement.
7. For Division III students, a copy of your Division II evaluation. If your evaluation has not been written, then include evaluations for several relevant courses, printed directly from The Hub. For Division II students, a copy of your Division I portfolio evaluation, your Division II contract, and your Division II course evaluations to date. (These documents should be printed from The Hub, not copied into another document.)

Reporting Requirements
Recipients of Coppinger grants are required to write progress reports and a final report covering the activities and results of the project and its academic significance for the student. At least one photograph of the student on site is requested. Reports are submitted by email. Papers, published abstracts, conference posters, or notices of the work should be attached to the report. Students will also occasionally be asked to give presentations of their work and to provide descriptions and photographs for the Coppinger Fund website and newsletters. These materials are to be submitted to the Cognitive Science administrative assistant.

Payment of funding and Post-grant Agreements and Procedures
1. All equipment and remaining supplies become the property of Hampshire College.
2. For projects requiring IACUC, IRB, or other certifications, funds will not be released prior to approval.
3. All expenditures require prior authorization by the Cognitive Science administrative assistant. You must keep in touch with the assistant during your funding period.
4. Any variation from the original budget during the course of the project requires submission of a revised budget before the expenses will be authorized.
5. Unused funds revert to the Coppinger Fund at the end date of the proposed project.

Evaluation Criteria for Proposals
1. Intellectual merit of the proposed work.
2. Necessity of the budget items, as justified in the proposal.
3. Proposals that concern animal behavior, wildlife biology, comparative cognition, evolution, ecology, or environmental science are given priority, but the program is not restricted to these areas of the cognitive and biological sciences.

 

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