Environmental Studies Awards

The environmental studies department at UCSC is proud to offer undergraduates and graduates the opportunity to earn awards and scholarships for their achievements. Each year several awards become available, from fall through spring quarter, and are open to all undergraduate students or environmental studies majors. Specific announcements regarding award opportunities will be made throughout the year via email announcements, postings in the department, and on the Quarterly Award Opportunities page.

The Kenneth S. Norris Center for Natural History is proud to offer the following award this winter quarter:

Norris Center Natural History Project Award

This award of up to $1000* is being offered due to a generous gift of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation given to the Kenneth S. Norris Center for Natural History.  The award is for registered UCSC undergraduate students (individual or group) involved in thesis or internship projects that enhance natural history** teaching and/or research; examples include, but are not limited to: natural history displays, field guides, research projects, or curricula. Criteria for selection will be based on the quality of the project statement; evidence a concrete product that will further natural history teaching and/or research, a record of natural history training through Natural History Field quarter, other natural history courses, or internships; scholastic record; and demonstrated initiative and potential for successful completion.

Deadline for Norris Center Natural History Project Award submission is 4pm Thursday, February 11, 2016 electronic submission to kholl@ucsc.edu

The Environmental Studies Department is proud to offer the following scholarships and Awards Winter 2016:

James Stuart Chanley Scholarship in Environmental Studies: In memory of James Stuart Chanley, an award of up to $1,000 will be given to a UCSC Environmental Studies major.  This scholarship will be awarded to an undergraduate student with financial need whose record demonstrates initiative and commitment to the environment and most closely resembles that of James Chanley (biography on back of application). Deadline: Thursday, February 11 @ 4pm, electronic submission to envs1@ucsc.edu

David Gaines Award in Environmental Studies: Up to $1000 will be given to a registered UCSC undergraduate or graduate student(s) in honor of David Gaines, founder of the Mono Lake Committee.  The award is intended to cover expenses incurred for field projects that will make a significant contribution to the field of environmental studies by adding to our knowledge of a specific problem or by strengthening protection of the environment.  Award(s) will be based on demonstrated initiative, feasibility of project, problem description and application of research to solution of the problem. Preference is given to Environmental Studies majors. Deadline: Thursday, February 11 @ 4pm, electronic submission to envs1@ucsc.edu

For Graduate Students only:

Hammett Fellowship:

The Environmental Studies Department at UCSC is pleased to offer two 1-quarter graduate fellowships for spring, summer, or fall 2014 to students who conduct interdisciplinary research on climate change or climate change and water issues. These funds are made possible by a generous donation from Benjamin and Ruth Hammett.  Awards are available to graduate students in any department at UCSC.  Priority will be given to students who: (1) are working with UCSC faculty in two different disciplines (ideally labs that have not collaborated extensively in the past), (2) whose projects show promise to provide pilot data to help secure additional outside funding, and (3) whose results have clear applications to environmental problem solving.

Deadline is Thursday, February 11 @ 4:00pm by electronic submission to: envs1@ucsc.edu

Applications are available online:


Email Lisa Birney at envs1@ucsc.edu with questions.

The Division of Social Sciences will be offering the Gabriel Zimmerman Memorial Scholarship in 2016, if you have any questions please contact the ENVS Dept, envs1@ucsc.edu. Undergradautes must submit a short essay (2-3 pages maximum) about her or his passion for social issues and commitment to public service as well as a copy of their resume. Candidates must be in good academic standing and submit an unofficial copy of their transcripts.

The Gabriel Zimmerman Memorial Scholarship Fund has been established to support undergraduate students in the Division of Social Sciences who are passionate about social issues and committed to public service. Gabriel “Gabe” Zimmerman graduated from UC Santa Cruz (Sociology) and was working for Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords as her Director of Community Outreach when he was tragically shot and killed. Generous donations from more than 520 alumni, faculty, community members, and the general public funded this endowment. This endowment awards $2,500 annually to one outstanding undergraduate student who is a major in any of the departments within the Division of Social Sciences. More information about the past recipients is available on the Social Sciences website http://socialsciences.ucsc.edu/support-us/endowments/endowments-all/zimmerman


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