NS Student Fund Awards

School of Natural Science Student Funds

Supporting Division II and Division III Research

Applications for the Spring 2016 Semester

*DUE: Thursday, February 18, 2016, by 4 p.m.*


Applications for NS Endowed Funds are accepted only ONCE per semester, near the beginning of each fall or spring semester. The application deadline is determined each semester based on Division III filing dates. There is no open enrollment period, and the date for submissions will be posted above when it is determined.


Dana Meadows Sustainability Award Endowment Fund

Supports Division II and Division III student research in agricultural sustainability; in particular, projects directly related to the Hampshire Community-Supported Agriculture Program. Award range: Approximately $200-$400. Faculty contact: Brian Schultz

Denice O'Neill Scholarship Fund

Supports Division II and III research and internships. The proposed student research, project, or internship must relate to at least one of Denice's passions: medicine, anthropology, woman and child health and health care, or child studies. Award range: Up to $1500. Faculty contact: Pamela Stone, chair; Elizabeth Conlisk; and Cynthia Gill

Dr. Lucy Fund

Supports Division II and Division III student research in all areas of the natural sciences. Award range: approximately $250-$500. Faculty contact: Steve Roof

Justine Salton Memorial Fund

Supports the research of women Division III students, though Division II students will be considered. Preference will be given to those working in evolutionary biology or related fields, but applications from women working in other areas are also welcome. Award range: approximately $300-$600. Faculty contact: Charles Ross

Larry Beede Scholarship Fund for Southwest Studies

Supports Division II and Division III student research in the greater southwest (including the U.S. southwest and Mexico). Commitment to working on SW issues as evidenced by previous or current coursework desirable. Award range: Up to $400. Faculty contact: Jason M. Tor

Lowry-Bruno-McNeal Fund

This fund, established in honor of Professors Emeriti Merle Bruno, Nancy Lowry, and Ann McNeal, will support underrepresented students in science. Award range: $200-$400. Faculty contact: Steve Roof

Samuel Morris Sustainability Endowment Fund

Supports Division II and Division III student research in environmental and agricultural sustainability. Award range: Approximately $300-$600. Faculty contact: Steve Roof

Southwest Studies Award

Supports Division II and Division III student research projects in the southwest. Student research at the intersection of environmental and cultural issues and commitment to working on SW issues as evidenced by previous or current coursework desirable. Award range: Up to $1000. Faculty contact: Jason M. Tor

Tara Nelson Award

Supports Division II and Division III student research dealing with alternative medicine, public health, and the integration of non-Western medicine with the U.S. healthcare system. Award range: Up to $500. Faculty contact: Christopher Jarvis


Application Guidelines

Applications are due Thursday, February 18, 2016, by 4 p.m. Submit application items by enrolling in the Spring 2016 NS Student Endowed Fund Awards course at cws.hampshire.edu using your Hampshire user name and password and uploading the necessary documents by the application deadline. You must complete the Spring 2016 Student Endowed Fund Award application, submit your proposal, using the guidelines outlined below, and provide the necessary supporting documentation.

  • See award descriptions for request limits.
  • The student must be in good academic standing.
  • Funds must be used to support Division II (Morris, Meadows, Dr. Lucy, Nelson, O’Neill) or Division III research (all funds). Project-related expenses include travel, equipment, supplies and materials. With the exception of the Dr. Lucy Fund, awards do not cover food and housing. Each item must be justified in the budget.
  • Awards will not be given for projects that have already been completed, and funds cannot be awarded to reimburse you for expenses already incurred before the award date.
  • All equipment that is purchased using awards becomes the property of Hampshire College. Therefore, funds will not be awarded for any personal gear such as climbing helmets, accessories or upgrades to personal computers, or gift cards.
  • Applications will be reviewed by the designated faculty contact and any related advisory committees, and awards will be based on the following criteria:
  1. Quality of the proposed work, including scientific merit and feasibility.
  2. Quality of previous work and the student's preparation for the current project.
  3. Demonstrated need for special equipment, travel, or supplies (justification of budget).

Application Components

The following sections are included in the application:

1.  Personal Information.

  • Name
  • Address
  • E-mail contact
  • Current division, current division completion date, and name of division chair
  • Project title, start date and completion date
  • Name of faculty supervisor for your project
  • Indication of whether the relevant IRB, IACUC, and Safety Committee approvals have been obtained

2.  Budget Substantiation. Necessary project-related costs are eligible for funding. These include materials, supplies, small equipment or software (all become the property of Hampshire College at the conclusion of the research), payments to research subjects, and travel expenses for field study (with field study leave or full enrollment). You will be asked to provide the following information:

  • Name of the fund(s) you are applying for and the amounts you are requesting from each fund
  • Name of each item you wish to purchase, using the amounts you've entered
  • Name of the vendor from which you wish to purchase each item and the corresponding catalog numbers (if relevant)
  • The cost of each item (Note: If you need lab materials ordered, add $25 to $50 into your budget to cover shipping and handling costs.)
  • A one-sentence justification for each item, explaining why it is necessary to perform your research

3.  Additional Sources of Funding.  Please list all other funding sources that you are seeking or have received funding from.  List your project title, the names of the funding sources, dollar amounts requested or received, and dates of your applications.

4.  Letter of Support. Please request a letter of support from your Division III chair (Division III students) or Division II chair (Division II students) or your research supervisor, stating your academic strengths and weaknesses, the appropriateness of this project for Division III or Division II, and approval of the budget. Ask the chair to e-mail the letter to Christine Speek, cspeek@hampshire.edu, by the application deadline, and indicate who you've requested the letter from and the date of your request on the application.

Please note that once you start filling out the application, it will automatically be saved so you can return to it at any point to complete it by returning to the application link at cws.hampshire.edu.  However, once submitted, you cannot retrieve your application to make changes.

Proposal

A detailed funding proposal addressed to a general academic audience (12 point font, 2 page maximum, single-spaced), must include the following elements:

  1. Introduction. Describe the purpose of your proposed project or research and briefly discuss the relevant literature (including citations). Your introduction 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.
  2. Methods. Describe how you plan to accomplish the project or execute the research.
  3. Timeline. Describe the proposed time frame for the project and when major milestones begin and end.
  4. Outcomes and/or Implications. Discuss the relevance of this research to the field and implications for future investigation.
  5. Academic Preparation. A statement of your preparation for this work covering relevant courses or internships, skills you have acquired, and previous research in which you have been involved. Direct any questions about this section to the appropriate faculty contact person.
  6. References. List in bibliographic format the references that you cite in the proposal.
  7. Dissemination Plan. The results and impact of your research efforts rest in the effectiveness of your dissemination activities. With effective dissemination, the awareness, recognition, and possible use of your grant outcomes may be greater than expected. Sound planning can help achieve this result. How will your research results be disseminated and communicated to a broader audience? Examples could include presentations (e.g. NS Friday Seminar series, classes, or conferences), written reports (e.g. thesis, journal articles), and online venues, to name a few.

Once you have written your proposal, you must upload it in PDF format to cws.hampshire.edu before the deadline.

Supporting Documentation

The following components must be combined into a single PDF document and uploaded to cws.hampshire.edu:

  1. Current transcript from the Hampshire College Registrar.  See https://www.hampshire.edu/central-records/transcript-requests for instructions.  Have them send the transcript to you, then combine it with your other application materials in a single PDF document.  Allow up to 5 business days to receive your transcript.
  2. Current (filed & approved) Divisional contract.  You may copy and paste your filed contract from TheHub into a PDF document.  If your current draft differs significantly from your filed contract, also include your current draft contract.
  3. If you will be conducting research using human participants, the law requires that you obtain approval from the Institutional Review Board (IRB). If you will be conducting research using animal test subjects, you are required to obtain approval from the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). If either of these approvals are necessary for your project, please submit copies of them.  Additionally, if you require approval from the NS Safety Committee for the use of hazardous or controlled substances, submit a copy of the approval.

Rules for award recipients

Students who receive an award are expected to write a brief (1 page) report at the end of the project, summarizing their findings and describing how the funds were spent. The reports should be submitted to cws.hampshire.edu. In addition, awardees are expected to submit an abstract that will be posted to the Hampshire College website and inform the community of any presentations or publications that resulted from the work. Finally, in ten or so years after graduation, awardees are encouraged to return to Hampshire to talk to current students about their fabulous careers!

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