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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 Wisconsin Alliance for Minority Participation (WiscAMP) Scholarships

UW--Green Bay is a participant in The Wisconsin Alliance for Minority Participation (WiscAMP), a consortium of 21 colleges and universities throughout Wisconsin. WiscAMP is part of the NSF-funded Lois Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP), a nation-wide effort to increase the number of underrepresented students achieving undergraduate degrees (and eventually graduate degrees) in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines within five years. This academic year (Fall 2012-Summer 2013), UWGB was again awarded a WiscAMP grant that seeks to support underrepresented students in STEM fields as researchers and/or mentors. Students considered to be underrepresented minorities (see No. 3 in the application form) in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines are eligible for either or both scholarships. Projects involving any of the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields normally supported by NSF are eligible. Human biology majors are also welcome to apply. Recipients must be US citizens or permanent residents. For more information about eligibility and application procedures visit the WiscAMP page.

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 April 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.