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Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory
Application for Graduate Students Fellowships
1. Background and purpose: In 2012 RMBL will provide a number of different fellowships to support graduate students:
Dr. Lee R.G. Snyder Memorial Fellowship
The fund was established in memory of Dr. Lee R.G. Snyder, who died suddenly in January 1985. At the time of his death Lee was Associate Professor of Biology at the University of California , Riverside. He was a long-time member of the RMBL, and began his highly regarded research on biochemical adaptations of deer mouse hemoglobins as a graduate student at the Lab in the early 1970s. Lee was personally devoted both to the RMBL and to excellence in graduate training. With this in mind, a memorial fund was established in 1985 with the goal of supporting biological research by graduate students working at the RMBL. We anticipate distributing $2000 among multiple graduate students in 2012.
Dr. Jean H. Langenheim Endowed Graduate Fellowship in the Ecology and Evolution of Plants
Jean Langenheim has a long-time relationship with RMBL, having first come in 1946 when she took courses from Harriet Barclay, who had stimulated her interest in plant ecology at the University of Tulsa. Currently she is Professor Emeritus of Biology and Research Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at UC-Santa Cruz, where she has been since 1966. Desipte her change in research focus to tropical and Pacific Coast plants, she maintains an interest in and love of high mountain plants- especially in the Gothic area. We awarded $3,000 in 2011 to a single graduate student, and we anticipate awarding an additional $3,000 to the same graduate student in 2012, pending successful performance and the filing of a progress report by Dec. 31, 2011. There will be no new awards of the Langenheim fellowship in 2012.
Dr. Stanley Dodson Memorial Scholarship in Aquatic Biology
Stan Dodson originally came to RMBL in 1963 as an 18-year old working under the guidance of Dr. Charles Remington. He conducted part of his thesis dissertation work at the Mexican Cut, where he studied competition and predation in zooplankton. He was a faculty member at the University of Wisconsin, and returned to RMBL several times to teach Aquatic Ecology with his wife Ginny. He was the thesis advisor for several RMBL scientists, including Dr. Bobbi Peckarsky and Dr. Theo Colborn. We anticipate awarding $4500 to one or several graduate students in aquatic ecology. If we do not have a strong applicant working in aquatic ecology, this award may be given to a graduate student working in another area.
RMBL Graduate Fellowships
RMBL anticipates awarding an additional $2500 to multiple graduate students. These fellowships are made possible by generous donors to RMBL.
2. Conditions: Grants are restricted to students enrolled in legitimate graduate programs in biology or related fields. Allowable expenses include supplies, field travel while at the RMBL (but not travel from the home institution to and from the RMBL), and RMBL fees (station fees, housing, meals, and lab rental). Salaries are not allowed.
3. Applications: Applications must be received by 15 Feb to be considered for funding for the subsequent 12-month period. Applicants must have either an approved research plan or a research plan under review. Materials should be submitted by email to the Science Director. The application consists of the following materials:
* itemized budget of research expenses at the RMBL;
* two letters of recommendation, one of which is from the student's faculty advisor.
The Graduate Fellowship Committee will be provided a copy of your most recent research application as well as your CV. If you wish to update that information, please contact the Science Director.
4. Screening of applications: Evaluation criteria are scientific soundness, feasibility, suitability of the RMBL as the study site, scientific promise of the applicant, and financial need.
5. Awarding of grants: Final delivery of an award requires that the proposal be approved according to the normal RMBL procedures for screening research applications. The student must work through the Lab and pay applicable RMBL fees. The awardee will provide a written report of progress made with the grant (maximum 4 pages) by December 31 of the year in which the funded season of research is concluded. This report becomes the property of the RMBL and may be used in any reasonable way (such as publication in the RMBL Newsletter). Acknowledgment of RMBL is expected in any publication resulting from funded research. Failure to carry out the proposed research, to submit an adequate final report, or to acknowledge the fund in publications may disqualify a student from receiving further awards.
Please provide the following information:
(The information provided on this form will be kept confidential.)
Budget: Please provide an itemized budget of research expenses at the RMBL. Applicants should include the expected/desired number of individuals on the research team, including the applicant, and the number of days they will be at the RMBL. RMBL rates can be found at: index.php?module=htmlpages&func=display&pid=9
Please provide information on other funding sources, noting whether the funding sources are confirmed or pending. Please note if you have previously received RMBL Graduate Fellowship funds. Do not include information on personal finances: