The Earl Ubell Grant program recognizes and supports exceptional student work that in some way seeks to make science, scientific method, and scientific findings accessible to non-scientists and popular audiences. Awards are presented to Division II and Division III student project 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. 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.
All application materials should be saved in file formats supported by Microsoft Word and emailed to James Miller, School of Cognitive Science: firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be read by several screeners and are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year. Award decisions are made twice a year; usually in October and February. Deadline announcements will be posted on the Hub.
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 alumnus, and the son of Earl Ubell, Michael C. Ubell 70F established the grant program in honor of his father.
If you are looking for a different kind of research grant, visit CORC's Fellowships, Grants, and Scholarships page.
Hampshire Alum Julia Buntaine's Div III project: the merging of neuroscience with sculpture.