skip to content
Cofrin Grant recipients and faculty.
Cofrin Center for Biodiversity

Research Grants

Heirloom Research, Travel, and Invited Speaker Grants

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. 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 are eligible to apply for funds to bring speakers to campus.

Deadlines vary, see announcement for details.

The Paul and Thea Sager Scholarship for Scientific Writing

This competitive scholarship was created by emeriti faculty Dr. Paul Sager and Dr. Dorothea Sager in memory of Chancellor Emeritus Edward Weidner and his commitment to UW-Green Bay and the Cofrin Arboretum. The Sager Scholarship recognizes a UW-Green Bay undergraduate who has demonstrated excellence in scientific writing resulting from a classroom or extracurricular academic activity. 

Eligible students must have a minimum 3.0 grade point average and must be enrolled as a student during Spring Semester 2013. A broad range of activities at UW-Green Bay can provide the basis for science writing. Examples of acceptable submissions for the Sager Scholarship include a scientific manuscript based on independent student research; an in-depth lab report from a classroom assignment; an online blog describing an academic travel course, student project, or field trip; a review of current scientific literature about a topic of interest; or a grant proposal for future research. Guidance by one or more faculty members is expected, but applicants must show evidence of originality, initiative, and primary authorship of the composition.

Deadline in early December of each year. See announcement for exact date.

Cofrin Research Grants

Thanks to a generous endowment from the family of Dr. David Cofrin and the late John Cofrin, annual awards are awarded for student research on the Cofrin Arboretum and UW-Green Bay natural areas. These include The Cofrin Memorial Arboretum, Kingfisher Farm, Peninsula Center, Point au Sable, and Toft Point. Students carry out a field project in collaboration with a UW-Green Bay faculty member and will present results in at our annual research symposium. The grants are competitive and must contribute to improving our understanding of ecology on one or more of the UW Green Bay Natural Areas.

These grants are open to any student enrolled in UW--Green Bay. In the past students have completed projects related to ecology, geology, water chemistry, environmental policy and art. Any well planned project that will benefit the management and protection of the natural areas is encouraged. Students must include a letter of support from a faculty advisor. Since it was founded in 1989 this program has supported over 80 graduate and undergraduate researchers at UW-Green Bay.

Deadline in early May of each year. See announcement for exact date.

Friends of Toft Point Grants

TThe Friends of Toft Point seeks to improve the conservation, restoration, and appreciation of Toft Point Natural Area by providing support of independent research related to Toft Point Natural Area by undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in a degree program at the University of Wisconsin—Green Bay. These grants are intended to aid student's costs of travel, room and board in the course of field investigation and to help cover costs of durable equipment, expendable materials and supplies required for the proposed research. A stipend for students may also be available, depending on available funds.

Deadline in early Fall and Spring of each year. See announcement for exact dates.

Roy and Charlotte Lukes Research Award

This student research award commemorates the important contributions to conservation and environmental education by Roy and Charlotte Lukes, two of Wisconsin’s most influential and beloved naturalists. The award was created by a generous endowment from West Bend philanthropist Ron Horn. By combining science, conservation, and education, the Roy and Charlotte Lukes Research Award extends the legacy and unselfish values that these two important Door County leaders have championed for more than half a century.     

This award supports conservation research in Door County, Wisconsin by a student enrolled or employed by UW-Green Bay. Preference will be given to student research at the Toft Point Natural Area and the surrounding Door Peninsula Coastal Wetlands, designated in 2015 as a Ramsar Wetland of International Importance. In addition to fostering original research on the natural history, ecology, and biodiversity conservation of Toft Point and Door County, this annual award is intended to provide valuable hands-on research opportunities for students.

Open to any student enrolled in UW--Green Bay. In the past students have completed projects related to ecology, geology, water chemistry, environmental policy and art. Any well planned project that will benefit the management and protection of the natural areas is encouraged. Students must include a letter of support from a faculty advisor. Since it was founded in 1989 this program has supported over 80 graduate and undergraduate researchers at UW-Green Bay.

Deadline in early May of each year. See announcement for exact date.

 

 

Land Trust Grant

In order to provide students with opportunities to conduct research in other conservation areas in northeastern WI, Drs. Michael Draney and Vicki Medland have provided an additional grant award. Preference is given to research be done in an area managed by a recognized land trust. Research in privately owned areas that have important natural features or high associated biodiversity will be considered. These grants are open to any student enrolled in UW--Green Bay. Any well planned project that will benefit the management and protection of the natural areas is encouraged. Students must have include letters of support from the managers of the Land Trust as well as a faculty advisor. Proposals in areas managed by The Ridges Sanctuary and the Baird Creek Preservation Foundation are encouraged.

Deadline in early April of each year. See announcement for exact date.