The Dr. Lucy Grants provide funding for students and faculty to conduct innovative interdisciplinary research and to push the boundaries of traditional scientific education. The awards are named for Dr. Lucy, an alumna donor, whose distinguished scientific career as a planetary astronomer began at Hampshire College in the early 1970's. Dr. Lucy learned how to “walk upright as a scientist” at Hampshire College, and wants to provide others with the same opportunity. Through her scientific work and these grants, she strives to inspire science students and instill a respect for women and their intellectual capacities and accomplishments.
There are four types of Dr. Lucy Grants:
DR. LUCY FACULTY RESEARCH GRANTS
DUE DATE: FEBRUARY 1, 2017
The Dr. Lucy Faculty Research Grants support faculty research by providing start-up/seed grants for faculty research projects that would carry them through the early stages for which outside funding is most difficult to obtain. The goal of these grants is to make faculty competitive to receive future funding and to “kickstart” projects by funding small equipment purchases and/or time. Preference will be given to early career faculty, although all Natural Science faculty are eligible to apply.
Eligible faculty are invited to present a two-page proposal that includes a statement of intent, proposed budget, and plans for dissemination of results (broader impacts). Proposals will be reviewed by an NS faculty committee. Faculty awarded Dr. Lucy Faculty Research Grants are required to offer a public presentation or seminar on their research efforts after completion.
Award Amount: Each award will be up to $10,000. Grants may be used for materials, travel, lodging, tuition, equipment, and up to $1,000 in stipend and will only be reimbursed once original receipts, boarding passes, or packing slips are turned in with the travel and reimbursement form to the Natural Science School Office by May 1, 2019. (The IRS no longer allows advance payments.)
Eligibility: Regular, benefited faculty are eligible. All applicants must be current with course and divisional evaluations and must have completed all evaluations from the previous semester by the deadline and should have submitted reports from any grants previously funded. Faculty may include their awards as part of a sabbatical and/or leave of absence. Faculty who received Dr. Lucy Faculty Research Awards during the AY2016 are not eligible.
Proposal: Provide your name and preferred email contact. The proposal form consists of a two-page statement of intent, budget, and budget justification. Faculty will submit all materials as one PDF through the online system.
All proposals must be received by February 1, 2017 by 4 p.m.
Criteria: Proposals will be selected using the following criteria:
Timing: All research and development funds must be spent by May 1, 2019.
Report: A narrative report for completed projects, including copies of papers, URLs, and other documentation of scholarly/artistic work as appropriate is due by May 1, 2019. The report must also include a summary of your expenses incurred. Submission of this report by the deadline is required to maintain eligibility for future funding. Submit items by logging into cws.hampshire.edu and uploading the necessary documents. Please combine files into one PDF or Word document before uploading.
INTEGRATED SCIENCES SUMMER RESEARCH EXPERIENCE (First-year Students)
Application Deadline: February 24, 2017
Eligibility: All first-year students are eligible to apply. Preference will be given to science students with background or experience in the areas of systems and who completed any part of the Integrated Sciences fall or spring courses.
First-year are invited to apply for the Integrated Sciences Summer Research Experience during the summer of 2017. During this time students will receive room and board, a $1000 stipend, and an immersive experience in conducting research on the Kern Center with faculty members. Before the research residency at Hampshire, students and faculty will attend the American Ecological Engineering Society Annual Meeting (Athens, GA) from May 22-25 where the students will present posters, participate in a student design challenge, and immerse themselves in a professional conference and community. The on-campus research component will take place from May 31-June 24 (dates subject to slightly change pending on-campus housing). Students will read grants, read primary literature, complete literature reviews, and write a proposal for their summer work. They will attend lab meetings, conduct research, participate in skills-based workshops, and synthesize and present their work.
Applicants are asked to write an essay (single-spaced, one page maximum) describing why they would like to attend and what they hope to get out of the program. They must also have their Division I advisor submit a letter of support to Sheila Heady (saheDV@hampshire.edu) in the NS office. Faculty will then select students for a brief interview before final decisions are made.
Students who are selected for the program will be notified by March 10.
DR. LUCY SUMMER SCHOLARS STUDENT RESEARCH GRANTS
DUE DATE: MARCH 10, 2017
Dr. Lucy Summer Scholars Research Grants support independent student research or student-faculty collaborative research in all natural science fields. Proposals from students must have the support of a faculty supervisor/mentor and the student’s Divisional Chair.
Research assistantship, internship, or field study funding
Students 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 may apply to the Dr. Lucy Summer Scholars Research Grants to help cover the costs of travel to a site, stipend, living expenses, and equipment/supplies expenses. This funding is primarily for summer work, but can be used during the school year as well.
The supervising faculty member will need to provide a letter that describes the internship or assistantship and the student's role and responsibilities. The student must also provide a letter of support from their Hampshire College Divisional Chair (if different from the supervisor) overseeing and approving the student's plans. One of the letters must address the appropriateness of the budget and funding requests.
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 Dr. Lucy Summer Scholar Student Research Grant for support.
Award Amounts and Decision Making Process:
Awards will typically be in the range of $2,000-$4,000 with a maximum award of $4,500; funding is competitive. The grant may cover a research stipend (up to $2,000), living expenses, equipment, travel to field sites and/or conference fees/travel. Awards may be for up to 1 year (May 1, 2017-May 2018).
Proposals are evaluated by an NS faculty committee. Evaluation criteria include:
APPLICATION GUIDELINES FOR STUDENTS
Deadline: March 10, 2017, by 4 p.m.
Students will submit all materials through the online system. Students will need to enroll themselves in the activity: NSLUCY2017
All documents, except letters of support (#8 and 9) which are to be emailed directly to the NS Office by the application date, should be uploaded as a single PDF file in the order listed above.
DR. LUCY INNOVATION IN EDUCATION GRANTS FOR FACULTY
DUE DATE: APRIL 1
One of the major goals of the Dr. Lucy Innovation in Education Grants is to support faculty in their pursuit of innovative scientific education. These seed grants will provide funding to allow faculty the time and resources to develop new courses, collaborate with faculty within NS and across the College in new ways, and explore creative teaching ideas and methodology. There is also funding to support the dissemination of this information at education conferences. Grants are available for individual faculty or collaborative teams/partnerships.
I. COURSE DEVELOPMENT GRANTS
Course Development Grants support faculty development of courses that are innovative, encourage academic risk-taking, or that are uniquely collaborative. How are you approaching issues/topics/ideas in new ways? How are you challenging traditional practices and modes of thinking? How can existing courses be adjusted to spark innovation and academic risk-taking in student work?
Examples of opportunities that can be pursued by individual faculty or collaborative teams through Course Development Grants include:
Award Amount: Awards will be determined by an NS faculty committee based on the course development grant goals. Award amounts:
Proposals: Faculty will submit all materials through the online system cws.hampshire.edu. Faculty will need to enroll themselves in the activity: NSLUCY2016.
Applications must be received by April 1, 2017 4 p.m.
Proposals should be no more than 2 pages and include the following:
Funds must be used by May 1, 2018.
Report: A narrative report for completed activity is due by May 1, 2018. The report must also include a summary of your expenses incurred. Submit items by logging into cws.hampshire.edu and uploading the necessary documents. Please combine files into one PDF or Word document before uploading.
II. EDUCATIONAL CONFERENCE SUPPORT GRANTS
Educational Conference Support Grants provide funding for faculty to attend professional conferences/workshops that focus on education in the sciences and/or innovative pedagogy. Ideally faculty will present at these conferences.
Award Amount: Awards will be determined by a NS faculty committee based on the number of proposals received and the application. Award amount:
• Up to $1,000 for travel, conference fees, etc.
Proposal: Faculty will submit all materials through the online system cws.hampshire.edu. Faculty will need to enroll themselves in the activity: NSLUCY2016.
Applications must be received by April 1, 2017 4 p.m.
Proposals should be no more than 1 page and include the following:
Funds must be used by May 1, 2018.
Report: A narrative report for completed conference or workshop is due by May 1, 2018. The report must also include a summary of your expenses incurred. Submit items by logging into cws.hampshire.edu and uploading the necessary documents. Please combine files into one PDF or Word document before uploading.