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For student or student-faculty research projects in the cognitive or biological sciences
DEADLINES are once each semester. This semester, the deadline is March 11.
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. Income from the endowment is awarded competitively in response to proposals from students or faculty. Proposals that concern animal behavior, comparative cognition, evolution, ecology, or environmental science are given priority, but the program is not restricted to these areas.
The Coppinger Fund supports independent student research or student-faculty collaborative research in the fields of animal behavior, wildlife biology, comparative cognition, 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. Funds can be used for equipment, travel to field sites, housing, transport, supplies, or other direct research expenses. See application guidelines below.
If a student is planning to pursue a 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 of animal behavior, wildlife biology, comparative cognition, evolution, ecology, or environmental science, the Coppinger Fund can provide the student with a grant to help defray the costs of travel to a site, housing during the internship of field study (if not provided), transport, and some lab 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. These research areas are given priority, but the program is not restricted to these areas. 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.
The student 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. 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.
The maximum award amount available for each proposal is $3,000; funding is competitive. Funds can be used for equipment, travel to research or internship sites, housing, supplies, or other direct research expenses. The endowment does not support faculty salary or conference travel, although in some cases student travel to professional conferences can be supported. Funding will be paid as reimbursement to student for project expenses.
Currently, proposals are 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. Proposals are to be submitted on paper to the administrative assistant of the School of Cognitive Science.
Download a fillable pdf of the Coppinger Application. Hard copies of the application can be picked up in ASH 100.
View Application Guidelines
Jacob Drucker's Div III work in the Magdalena River Valley, Columbia.
Erica Hample's Div II research in Monteverde, Costa Rica.
Since 2006 the endowment has supported numerous student and student/faculty collaborations.