Earl Ubell Science Information Award

The Earl Ubell Memorial Science Information Award

Description: The Earl Ubell Grant program recognizes and supports 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.

Award: $300-$800. The award will be paid up front by check. The last $100 will be paid upon receipt of the final project report.

Purpose: Awards will be given to support such expenses as travel, conference attendance, materials, book or periodical purchases, and sometimes equipment that must be returned to the College after use.

Deadline: March 28, 2016

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.

Before you apply for the Ubell Science Information Award, please review the comprehensive list of Funding Requirements to make sure you are eligible.

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Application Information

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 Page  Download Cover Sheet (pdf)

 2.  Proposal that includes the following:

  • Introduction: Describe the purpose of your proposed research. You should demonstrate that you have thought critically about the research and methodology or project plan. State the specific aims or research questions of your project.

  • 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 investigation.

 3.  Complete budget in Excel format, listing each item, its cost, including shipping and tax, as well as justification.

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

Please compile all documents listed in the cover page as one PDF file and email your complete application to Bea Cusin, grants administrator at the School of Cognitive Science, at bcusin@hampshire.edu. All applications must be submitted on time and include your chair's letter of support.

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, at the beginning of the semester.

Spring 2016 application deadline: March 28, 2016


Project Requirements

Written Reports

Recipients of Ubell grants are required to write a progress report and a final report. Papers, published abstracts, conference posters, or notices of the work should be attached to the report. You will also occasionally be asked to give presentations of your work. We encourage you to take photos during your project to promote the Ubell grant to donors and for display on the Cognitive Science website, newsletter, brochures, flyers, etc.

Expense Justification

As a grant recipient, you will receive the funds up front so that you can purchase the items and material listed in your budget. The last $100 will be paid upon receipt of the final project report. You will need to keep the original receipts for tax purposes, and send copies to justify your expenses.

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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.

Previous Recipients

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

Other Funding Opportunities

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

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