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School of Natural Science Dr. Lucy Grants

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:

  1. Faculty Research Grants
  2. Integrated Sciences Summer Research Experience (First-year students)
  3. Summer Scholars Student Research Grants (Division II and III students)
  4. Faculty Innovation in Education Grants (Conference and Course)

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:

  1. Is the proposed activity based on a solid track record of previous accomplishment?
  2. Does the proposal lay out connections to teaching or research that suggest wider impact on career trajectory, curriculum or field of inquiry?
  3. Does the proposal state the significance to sustained research or innovative teaching?
  4. Is there a plan for dissemination, i.e. publication or contribution to public discourse?
  5. What is the potential for collaboration with other faculty?

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

Program Dates:

  • Bootcamp: May 8-10 (prep for conference, intro to program)
  • AEES Conference: May 22-25 (travel to Athens, GA for conference)
  • Research Intensive: May 31-June 21, 2017 (these dates may be adjusted slightly depending on on-campus housing availability)

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 Christine Speek (csNS@hampshire.edu) 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:

  1. Intellectual merit of the proposed work.
  2. Necessity of the budget items, as justified in the proposal.

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

  1. Cover page (*Please use the template provided*) including: (a) your name; (b) address; (c) email contact; (d) title of project/activity; (e) dates of project/activity; (f) division you are currently; (g) your division completion date; (h) name of your divisional chair; (i) name of faculty mentor or supervisor of this project; (j) list of all current and pending grants and/or results of previous funding.
  2. Budget (Please use the template) including: each item, its cost, and total (this may include stipend and living expenses).
  3. Budget Justification (Please use the template) including: cost, item, rationale/descriptions of the item. The budget must state all sources of funding you have received or are applying for to support your research.  
  4. A research proposal (single-spaced, 12-pt. type, 4-page maximum) that addresses the following: (a) the area of research and its grounding in the research literature; (b) the specific hypothesis or question to be investigated; (c) the research design and methods; (d) the anticipated outcomes of the research, its implications, and relevance to the student’s educational program; (e) references.
  5. Brief statement of your background and qualifications for completing the project (2 page maximum). Up to 3 course or project evaluations in relevant fields may be included.
  6. Copy of your approval by or application to any relevant research oversight committee (funding is contingent on approval).Your faculty supervisor should have information about the below committees and regulations, as well as about other possibly applicable regulations and committees (e.g. lab use and safety approval, Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC), etc.):
    1. For research involving animals, the relevant Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC).
    2. For research involving human participants, the relevant Institutional Review Board (IRB).
  7. Laboratory/Project Workspace Use and Safety Approval certification or letter from lab manager.
  8. Letter of support from your Hampshire College Divisional Chair including approval of the budget (unless this is included in the letter from your project supervisor).
  9. Letter of support from your project supervisor (if different from your Divisional Chair). Letters of support sent as a PDF to the NS Office by the application deadline.

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:

  • Co-taught courses with syllabi that fluidly integrate both faculty members’ disciplinary areas
  • Equipment, technical support, and guest speakers that enhance existing courses
  • Stipends for faculty to individually or collaboratively research and develop new courses/workshops/learning activities
  • Collection of data about work you are already engaged in (scholarship of teaching/learning)

Award Amount: Awards will be determined by an NS faculty committee based on the course development grant goals. Award amounts:

  • Up to $2,000 per faculty member

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:

  1. Name or names of faculty applying for funds and preferred email contact.
  2. Brief description of your proposed activity.
  3. How are you approaching issues/topics/ideas in new ways or challenging traditional practices and modes of thinking?
  4. How can this new course or an existing course be adjusted to spark innovation and academic risk-taking in student work?
  5. *FOR FACULTY APPLYING COLLABORATIVELY:*
    1. What are you hoping to gain from the collaboration?
    2. Describe the ways that collaborators will actively learn each others' tools/techniques/theories/expertise. How do you envision integrating what you learn?
  6. Provide a detailed budget for your proposed activity.

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:

  1. Name of faculty applying for funds and preferred email contact.
  2. Brief description of your proposed activity (conference or workshop).
  3. Indicate if you will be presenting.
  4. Provide a detailed budget for your proposed activity.

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.

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