Ray and Lorna Coppinger Endowment Grants

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

History of the Coppinger Grant

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.

Description of the grant

Proposals that concern animal behavior, comparative cognition, evolution, ecology, or environmental science are given priority, but the program is not restricted to these areas.

Funds can be used for equipment, travel to field sites, housing (if not provided for internships / assistantship), transport, supplies, or other direct research expenses. The endowment does not support food expenses, faculty salary, or conference travel, although in some cases student travel to professional conferences can be supported.

Application Requirements

Before you apply for a Coppinger grant, please review the list of Funding Requirements to make sure you are eligible.

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Types of funding available

The Coppinger Endowment supports two types of research:

1) Independent student research or student-faculty collaborative research in the fields of animal behavior, wildlife biology, comparative cognition (animal vs. human), 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. See application guidelines.

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2) 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 listed above. This can be done 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. 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.

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Application Submission

Please compile all documents listed in the application as one PDF file, with the exception of the budget to be submitted separately as an Excel spreadsheet. Email your complete application to Bea Cusin, grants administrator at the School of Cognitive Science at bcusin@hampshire.edu.

  • The maximum award amount available for each proposal is $3,000.
  • Funding is competitive.
  • Funding will be paid as reimbursement to student for project expenses.
  • Proposals are currently 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.

Application deadline: March 28, 2016

Project Requirements

Written Reports

Recipients of Coppinger 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 Coppinger grant to donors and for display on the Cognitive Science website, newsletter, brochures, flyers, etc.

Expense Reimbursements

Grant recipients will receive funding as reimbursements for the expenses listed in their budgets. Reimbursements will be provided upon submission of scanned  receipts as the student is expected to keep the original receipts for tax purposes.

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Wondering whether Coppinger is the right grant for your project? Simply contact Jane Couperus, dean of the School of Cognitive Science at jwcCS@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.

Coppinger Funded Projects

Since 2006 the endowment has supported numerous student and student/faculty collaborations.

Learn More About Coppinger Funded Projects in the Field

Jacob Drucker's Div III work in the Magdalena River Valley, Columbia.

Erica Hample's Div II research in Monteverde, Costa Rica.

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