Earl Ubell Science Information Award

The Earl Ubell Memorial Science Information Award

The Earl Ubell Grant program recognizes and supports exceptional student work that seeks to make science, scientific methods, and scientific findings accessible to non-scientists and popular audiences. Awards are presented to Division II and Division III student projects with a focus on science and public health reporting; documentary photography, film, and video; and fact-based projects that address aspects of science in general.

Past student work supported by Ubell awards includes a radio documentary on mental health; sculptures representing neurobiological forms; a study of the reporting of selected medical issues in science news; a study of U.S. alcohol policy with the aim of reforming it; and a museum-style exhibition on global tuberculosis.

Application Information

The applicant 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 but as reimbursement for incurred expenses.

  • Award: $300-$800. Awards will be given to support such expenses as travel, conference attendance, materials, book or periodical purchases, and sometimes equipment which must be returned to the College after use. Recipients are required to submit evidence of expenses (original receipts) and a short narrative report on the expenses and their relation to the academic work. Funding will be paid to student as reimbursement for project expenses.
  • Eligibility: Grants will be awarded to students whose Division II Concentration or Division III Independent Project in some way seeks to make the scientific method or scientific findings accessible to non-scientists. Examples include science and public health reporting; documentary photography, film or video; and fact-based projects that address aspects of science generally.
  • Application Guidelines: Please submit, by email only, a 1-4 page proposal that has been crafted carefully with the support of your chair. The application must include the following:

 1.  Cover Sheet

2.  Proposal that includes:

  • Introduction: Describe the purpose of your proposed research/project. You should demonstrate that you have thought critically about the research and methodology or project plan.
  • Methods: Describe how you plan to accomplish the project or execute the research.
  • Timeline: Describe the proposed time frame for the project and when major milestones begin and end.
  • Outcomes and/or Implications: Discuss the relevance of this research to the field and implications for future investigations

3.  Complete budget listing each item, its cost, shipping cost, tax, total, and justification. Your budget needs to be reviewed and signed by your committee chair.

4.  A letter of support from your Div II or III chair. 

All application materials should be submitted electronically in formats supported by Microsoft Word or as a PDF file and emailed to Bea Cusin, School of Cognitive Science grants administrator: bcusin@hampshire. edu. Applications will be read by several screeners and are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year. The screening process usually takes a couple of weeks and award decisions are made twice a year; usually in October and February. Deadline announcements will be posted on TheHub.


Wondering whether Ubell is the right grant for your project? Please contact James Miller at jmiller@hampshire.edu.

Questions regarding the application process? Please contact Bea Cusin by email at bcusin@hampshire.edu, by phone at 413.559.5501 or come to Ash 100.

About Earl Ubell
Earl Ubell began his career at the New York Herald Tribune as a messenger and rose to science editor, a position he held from 1953 to 1966 before transferring to the then-new medium of television. He was health science editor for WCBS-TV from 1966 to 1972, and from 1978 to 1995. He served as the news director for WNBC-TV News from 1972 to 1976.

Ubell covered such notable events as the first Sputnik flight in 1957 and the first U.S. manned space flight in 1961. He carried out scientific research at major laboratories, and was the author of eight books (one co-authored). His numerous awards for journalism, medical reporting, and science writing include an Emmy in 1970 for the New York area of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the Donald Salmon Award for significant contribution to development of the arts in that same year. Ubell died in 2007 at age 80.

Hampshire College alum, and the son of Earl Ubell, Michael C. Ubell 70F established the grant program in honor of his father.

Other Funding Opportunities
If you are looking for a different kind of research grant, visit CORC's Fellowships, Grants, and Scholarships page.



NeuroSculpture: The Neural Correlate of Concrete

Hampshire Alum Julia Buntaine's Div III project: The  merging of neuroscience with sculpture.

Previous Ubell Science Award Recipients

Yasmine Abulhab 10F

Zoe Kleiman-Tapley 10F

Elise Trelegan

Amir Fogel

Joshua Parr

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