Environmental Studies Awards


Awards for Undergraduate Students

Fall, 2018

The Terence Freitas Award in Environmental Studies:

Terence Freitas, a biology and environmental studies major, dedicated himself to facilitating the vision of native groups working to build a sustainable future in harmony with their own values and cultures. In February 1999, while working with the U'wa, a Colombian indigenous group, to establish a culturally appropriate school, Terry and two other Americans were kidnapped and killed.  This award was established in his honor.  

Criteria, Application Materials:

  • Undergraduate ENVS majors only
  • Applicants must qualify for financial aid
  • Scholastic record must demonstrate initiative and commitment to the natural environment or the improvement of environmental quality
  • Preference will be given to students with an interest in and commitment to the livelihood and culture of indigenous peoples in developing countries, or those whose studies are related to conservation, or rainforest preservation.
  • Online application (with unofficial transcript, personal statement uploads)
Previous Winners

This award is for up to $1,000; applications are due by noon on Thursday, November 15, 2018.  The award is also scheduled to be offered in Spring 2019.
 

Norris Center Awards

This quarter, The Kenneth S. Norris Center for Natural History is offering three undergraduate awards:

  • Norris Center Student Award: Up to $1,000 to support undergraduate student natural history projects.
  • Webster Fellows Award: A $3,000 stipend to support 2-quarter-long undergraduate student senior projects that collaborate between the Norris Center and the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History.
  • Griswold Fellows Program: Up to $3,000 stipend to support UCSC undergraduate students majoring in Environmental Studies to do a senior internship or thesis that informs and promotes land conservation and/or restoration in California.
 
The applications for 2018 fall awards are due in early November.  Please see the individual award pages for full submission instructions and details. 

 


Awards for Graduate and Undergraduate Students

Fall, 2018

CONCUR,INC. Scholarship:

Local business CONCUR, Inc. was founded in 1987 by environmental studies alumni John K. Gamman and Scott T. McCreary. CONCUR, Inc. specializes in combining environmental policy analysis with facilitation and mediation skills, to resolve complex disputes involving scarce or limited natural resources.

Criteria, Application Materials:

  • Graduate and Undergraduate ENVS majors only
  • For students who have demonstrated an interest or are pursuing studies in environmental dispute resolution
  • Academic Merit (Based on classes and internships)
  • Online application (with unofficial transcript, personal statement uploads)

Previous Winners

This award is for one undergraduate student and one graduate student, up to $500 each.  Applications are due by noon on Thursday, November 15, 2018.

 

 


Awards for Graduate Students

The Hammett Fellowship

Winter, 2019

The Environmental Studies Department at UCSC is pleased to offer one 1-quarter graduate fellowships to a student who conducts 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. The award is available to graduate students only, 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: TBD in Winter 2019

Criteria for selection:

(1) Quality of proposal
(2) Past and continuing evidence of research accomplishments
(3) Thematic link of research to climate change or climate change and water issues.
(4) Fit with the three criteria listed above
(5) Financial need. Priority will be given to students who have not had extensive prior fellowship funding (e.g. an NSF pre-doctoral fellowship).
(6) Applicant must be a graduate student

Funding: The award provides $9,400 towards a 1-quarter fellowship for spring or fall 2019, or 50% summer salary and research funds. The balance of funding for a spring or fall fellowship (total costs are ~$11,000 depending on the pay level) must be paid by the student's department or other research funds.

Application: The application must include:
(1) A completed cover sheet (included below) including funding support to date

(2) A 2-page description of the proposed project which includes:
a. A personal statement summarizing your academic situation (e.g., expected time to graduation), with particular attention to how support from the Hammett award would benefit your progress.
b. A clear statement of the research being conducted, including your research questions and goals, and a brief description of your basic approaches.
c. How your project specifically meets the three criteria listed above and, in particular, what each of the two participating faculty will contribute to your research.

(3) Letters of reference from the two faculty contributing to your project which includes a description of their contributions to this project. The letter from the major professor should indicate that funds exist to pay for the balance of the 1-quarter fellowship. Letters should be sent by separate email to envs1@ucsc.edu.

(4) A CV that includes the following sections: academic history; awards, grants, and honors; public talks; publications; teaching experiences; and public service activities.
Incomplete applications will not be considered. Direct any questions to envs1@ucsc.edu

Requirements: By the end of the quarter each awardee is required to submit a brief (1-2 paragraphs), non-technical description of what was accomplished with the grant to provide to financial supporters.

Please use this online form to apply for the Hammett Award.  Letters of reference should be sent to envs1@ucsc.edu.

 


More Opportunities

Winter, 2019

James Stuart Chanley Scholarship for Environmental Studies:

This award will go to a student whose record demonstrates initiative and commitment to the environment and most closely resembles that of James Chanley. Please be sure to read the short biography of James Chanley at the above-linked site or on the online application as you prepare your materials.

Criteria, Application Materials:

  • Undergraduate ENVS majors only
  • Financial need
  • Preference will go to a student whose record demonstrates initiative and commitment to the environment and most closely resembles that of James Chanley
  • Online application (with unofficial transcript, personal statement uploads)

This award is for up to $2000.

Please stand by for the opening of the online application and submission dates.

 

The Richard A. Cooley - Friends Foundation International Award

This award of $2000 is given to honor Richard Cooley, who was instrumental in the founding of the Environmental Studies program at UCSC.
Criteria for Selection:
  • Registered UCSC Undergraduates
  • Financial Need
  • Scholastic Record
  • A field projects that results in a tangible, positive action for the betterment of the natural environment or improvement in environmental quality. Projects may be local (UCSC included) to international in scope, and examples of successful projects may be seen in the Environmental Studies Internship Office. Selection will be based on the project statement, demonstrative initiative and potential for successful completion.

Preference will be given to Environmental Studies majors. It is recommended that applicants submit a draft proposal to a faculty member for review and feedback prior to applying. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. The email address you list will be used to contact you regarding your application status. Please make sure your name appears on the first page of all uploads.

Please stand by for the opening of the online application and submission dates.

Please email envs1@ucsc.edu if you have any questions.  The award is also scheduled to be offered in Spring 2019.

 

Spring, 2019

The David Gaines Award in Environmental Studies:

David was a UCSC graduate who started the Mono Lake Committee in 1978.  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. Please read more about David and Mono Lake at the link above.

Criteria, Application Materials:

  • Graduate and Undergraduate ENVS majors only
  • Students must be working on field projects that will make a significant contribution to the solution of an environmental problem
  • Demonstrated initiative, feasibility of project, problem description and application of research to solution of the problem
  • Faculty sponsor required, field sponsor if applicable
  • Online application (with unofficial transcript, personal statement, budget uploads)

There will be two awards, one for an undergraduate and one for a graduate student, of up to $500 each.

Please stand by for the opening of the online application and submission dates.

 

Deans' and Chancellor's Undergraduate Awards

Social Science Division Awards
These awards recognize exceptional achievements in research projects or other creative activities, in order to encourage outstanding scholarship and promote research as an important part of undergraduate education. Students are recognized during Undergraduate Student Achievement Week in early June. There will be a luncheon for Chancellor's awards recipients, their mentors, and divisional deans with Chancellor Blumenthal and Loren Steck.  
$100 and $500 awards, as well as an additional $1,000 award are offered, along with bound copies of research projects.
Apply directly online at the Deans' and Chancellor's Undergraduate Awards website, which includes more information.

 

Gabriel Zimmerman Memorial Scholarship

Social Science Division Award

The Gabriel Zimmerman Memorial Scholarship Fund was established to support undergraduate students in the Division of Social Sciences who are passionate about social issues and committed to public service. This endowment will award $9,000 in 2018 to one or more outstanding undergraduate students majoring in any of the departments within the Division of Social Sciences. More information about past recipients is available on the Social Sciences website.

Application Materials:
  • A 2-3 max page essay about your passion for social issues and commitment to public service
  • Resumé
  • Unofficial transcript(s) as academic standing is among selection criteria.
  • Apply by completing this form.

Each department may select up to three candidates for this award and will submit an essay for review along with a nomination letter detailing the exceptional qualities of the nominee(s). The department nominees are reviewed by a committee within the division. 

(Departments in the Social Sciences Division set their own internal deadlines. If you are majoring in another department, please check their deadline to apply.)

Please email ENVS1@ucsc.edu if you have any questions!

Please stand by for full details and submission dates.

  

Keeley Coastal Scholars Award

Social Science Division Award

The Keeley Coastal Scholars program supports underrepresented students from California with an unmet financial need doing summer research and policy work connected to Coastal Sustainability. Scholarships range from $1,000 to $4,000 per student with an associated $1,000 in support of the sponsoring faculty member. These funds can be used by students for any expenses incurred during the summer months.

Criteria, Application Materials:

  • Undergraduate ENVS majors only
  • Financial need during current academic year
  • Online application (including all uploads)
  • Project budget (See a Sample Budget)
  • Unofficial transcript (Candidates must be in good academic standing)
  • Letter from a sponsoring faculty member detailing the student’s abilities and specific project responsibilities.

 Please stand by for full details and submission dates.

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