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Cofrin Center for Biodiversity

Natural and Applied Sciences Heirloom Plant Fund Student Travel and Research Grants

The application process has been revised! See new instructions below!

Funds are available to students to conduct independent research projects and to travel to scientific meetings. Students must be enrolled at UWGB with a declared major in Natural & Applied Sciences or Environmental Science & Policy with an NAS committee member as a sponsor. NAS faculty and student groups associated with NAS can apply for funds to bring speakers to campus. All applications must be submitted as electronic word documents following instructions as listed below and e-mailed to biodiversity@uwgb.edu. NAS faculty advisors should send a short statement in a separate email to biodiversity@uwgb.edu indicating that they are in support of the student’s application. Onlty electronic submissions will be accepted.

The Heirloom Fund is named for the Heirloom Plant Sale that is run each spring in order to raise funds to support research for students with majors in Natural & Applied Sciences and in Environmental Science & Policy. Students and faculty requesting funds are encouraged to help out with this important fundraiser. For more information about the plant sale see the plant sale website or contact Dr. Vicki Medland at medlandv@uwgb.edu.

A committee of NAS faculty make all decisions regarding funding of travel and research grants. The 2012/2013 committee includes:

  • Dr. Matt Dornbush
  • Dr. Vicki Medland (chair)
  • Dr. Steve Meyer
  • Dr. Patricia Terry
  • Dr. Amy Wolf

Invited Speakers

Funds are available to support speakers that make presentations in Natural & Applied Sciences and Environmental Science & Policy courses and at NAS seminars. Student groups and Faculty are welcome to request funds for potential speakers. Applications should include the following information:

  • NAS Faculty or student organizations supported by NAS or an NAS advisor are encouraged to request funds to bring speakers to UWGB. Up to $1000.00 are allocated to the NAS Symposium each semester. Faculty or student organizations should first talk to the NAS Seminar series organizer to determine whether their program will fit the dates and goals of the seminar series. If the anticipated seminar does not fit into the NAS series then a request for funds can be submitted to the Heirloom committee. Requests by student organizations must be approved by their NAS faculty advisor. The request should include the following information:
  • Narrative that describes why the speaker will benefit the NAS and UWGB community and explain why this speaker cannot participate in the NAS seminar series.
  • Brief CV of invited speaker.
  • Abstract or summary of seminar.
  • Detailed itinerary.
  • Detailed budget including travel, housing, meals, and honorarium.

Travel Grants

Undergraduate students with a major in NAS and graduate students in ES&P with an NAS sponsor are encouraged to apply for travel money to attend meetings and give presentations at conferences and workshops. Students are allowed to request up to $500.00 per year. Although students can request funds regardless of their participation, those presenting posters and papers will be given priority. Students may make requests to attend multiple meetings in the same year within reason as long as they do not exceed $500. Mileage will not be reimbursed for local meetings. Students are encouraged to apply at least 30 days before the travel date. Students should request a short letter of support from their NAS a sponsor to be emailed to biodiversity@uwgb.edu. Students should submit a grant proposal of no more than two pages to biodiversity@uwgb.edu. The request must include the following information:

  • Name and Major
  • Name of NAS faculty advisor
  • Narrative that describes how the meeting will complement the student’s educational goals.
  • Website of meeting if available
  • Title and abstract or summary of poster or talk
  • Meeting schedule or itinerary
  • Documentation of any other funding that is being provided or requested for this meeting
  • Detailed budget including travel, housing, meals, poster costs, and registration fees
  • Travel in personal or UWGB Fleet Vehicles requires a signed UWGB Vehicle Use Agreement http://www.uwgb.edu/risk/fleet/agreement.asp to be sent to Marie Lemerond, BUSFIN, CL830

Research Grants

Undergraduate students with a major in NAS and graduate students in ES&P with an NAS sponsor are encouraged to apply for funds to cover the costs of supplies and travel related to independent research projects.

Undergraduates with a major in Natural & Applied Sciences may request a maximum of $1000.00 for research related expenses in a single year. The total amounted granted while an undergraduate is $2000.00.

Graduate students in Environmental Science & Policy wh have an NAS sponsor may request up to $2000.00 for research related expenses in a single year. The total amount granted while in the graduate program is $2000.00.

Due dates for applications are February 1, May 1, and December 1 each year. All requests must be approved by the NAS faculty member overseeing the student’s research.

Any supplies and equipment will be purchased directly by NAS and will become UWGB property administered by the faculty research advisor. Funds cannot be requested for stipends. Travel costs can only be reimbursed for official UW-system business. Only travel to remote sites outside of the city of Green Bay will be approved. Travel costs to locations where the student is a paid employee are not eligible for reimbursement. No funds will be awarded for past expenses. Students should submit a request a short letter of support from their NAS a sponsor to be emailed to biodiversity@uwgb.edu. Students should submit a grant proposal of no more than 3 pages of narrative and a one page budget to biodiversity@uwgb.edu. The proposal must include the following information:

  • Name and Major
  • Name of NAS faculty advisor or sponsor
  • Descriptive title
  • Introduction including a brief literature review
  • Objectives of the study
  • Proposed methods: The methods section must explain clearly the sampling procedure, expected data analysis, location of study, as well as project schedule and duration. Include how many hours you expect to spend doing field or lab work.
  • Anticipated outcomes of the work
  • Proposed timetable
  • Proposed budget: be specific about prices for equipment and supplies and travel costs
  • Literature cited