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For student or student-faculty research projects in the cognitive or biological sciences
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.
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.
You must meet these requirements before applying:
If you are an international student, make sure to visit the office of multicultural and international student services to confirm that your research project is compatible with your visa status.
If you plan to pursue your research abroad, the global education office provides information on visas, immunizations, etc. and offers resources for field study in the U.S. or abroad.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
Read Comprehensive Project Requirements
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 email@example.com, by phone at 413.559.5501 or come to Ash 100.
Since 2006 the endowment has supported numerous student and student/faculty collaborations.
Jacob Drucker's Div III work in the Magdalena River Valley, Columbia.
Erica Hample's Div II research in Monteverde, Costa Rica.