Lester and Turner Grants for Research, Field Course Grants, and Conference Grants

The Department of Environmental Sciences offers funding opportunities each year for undergraduate majors and graduate students in Environmental Sciences. Applicants for these awards will have completed ENVS 130 and ENVS 131 or equivalent and at least one upper-level ENVS course to be eligible for consideration.

These awards are granted to support undergraduate and graduate research, to enhance educational opportunities, and to encourage environmental scholarship and leadership in the Emory community and beyond.

For further information contact Senior Lecturer Dr. John Wegner or Academic Degree Programs Coordinator Katie Green.

All awardees are required to meet with Dept. Administrator Jerry Byrd for instructions regarding disbursement of funds.

RESEARCH GRANTS

Undergraduate Awards Research Grants:

The Department of Environmental Sciences (ENVS) encourages students to engage in independent research and is committed to supporting the independent research goals of our undergraduates. Research grants are generally awarded to third- and fourth-year students for independent research and scholarly projects. Applicants are strongly encouraged to review their research proposals with Dr. John Wegner prior to submission of project proposals.

Students are encouraged to explore funding opportunities within the Emory community and beyond. The following opportunities are available in ENVS and Emory College.

1. Lester Research Grants: The Department of Environmental Sciences considers grant applications from students with declared majors in Environmental Sciences for fall, spring and summer research. Awards will be considered up to $3000.

*Application deadlines are as follows:

  • Fall Funding/Summer Funding: March 25
  • Spring Funding: October 23

*we understand that opportunities may present themselves outside of the stated deadlines; therefore, we will consider grant requests on a rolling basis with permission from the Scholarships & Grants Committee Chair

Lester Grant Applications must include the following:

  1. Research proposal
  2. Statement of significance of proposed research
  3. Methods
  4. Statement of expected research outcomes; e.g. honors thesis, journal article, research poster, etc.
  5. Detailed budget proposal
  6. What other sources of funding are you applying for or have received
  7. Letter of support from ENVS faculty mentor

When completing the application, students are encouraged to carefully prepare their research proposals and follow the timeline indicated below:

  •  Minimum of six weeks before deadline: Discuss research project with supervisor and agree on a research question/hypothesis.  Meet briefly with John Wegner for discussion of overview of the application process.
  • Three weeks before deadline: Submit first draft proposal to supervisor.
  • Two weeks before deadline: Submit second, and hopefully, final draft to supervisor.
  • One week before deadline: Submit final proposal to John Wegner for review.

Examples of proposals that have been successfully funded are available through the following links:

When preparing the proposed budget for the project, please refer to the detailed information provided by Emory College Undergraduate Research Programs. Their site includes an example of a proposed budget and a template to use when creating your own budget proposal: Click the section "Application & Instructions"

Funds awarded through Environmental Sciences are to be used within the time-frame designated in the award letter, usually the final day of the semester in which funding is granted.

2. Turner Grants: The Department of Environmental Sciences considers grant applications for study specifically in the State of Georgia through its Turner Grant fund. Students with declared majors in Environmental Sciences may apply for research funds for fall, spring and summer research. Awards will be considered up to $1500.

*Application deadlines are as follows:

  • Fall Funding /Summer Funding: March 25
  • Spring Funding  (including travel over winter break): October 23
*we understand that opportunities may present themselves outside of the stated deadlines; therefore, we will consider grant requests on a rolling basis with permission from the Scholarships & Grants Committee Chair

Turner Grant Applications must include the following:

  1. Research proposal for research in Georgia
  2. Statement of significance of proposed research
  3. Methods
  4. Statement of expected research outcomes; e.g. honors thesis, journal article, research poster, etc.
  5. Detailed budget proposal
  6. What other sources of funding are you applying for or have received
  7. Letter of support from ENVS faculty mentor

Funds awarded through Environmental Sciences are to be used within the time-frame designated in the award letter, usually the final day of the semester in which funding is granted.

3. Emory College/ENVS Collaboration Independent Research Grants: Proposals for independent research are accepted as part of application for Emory College Independent Research Grants (students CAN receive combined awards from both Emory College funds and ENVS Department Lester funds with Emory College supporting up to $500 and Lester funds supporting up to $1500). Students may apply for an additional $1000 from Emory College Independent Research Grants for international travel. Submit applications via Emory College Independent Research Grants application process and deadlines.

Additional Research Support Opportunities

Emory College Summer Research Awards (stipend): Summer research support that provides accommodation on Emory's campus and living stipend for summer research. Can be used in conjunction with Independent Research -Lester Awards. Consult Summer Programs web site for further information.

 

 

FIELD COURSE GRANTS

Feld Course Grants: For qualified applicants, field course grants will provide up to 1/2 the additional cost of a field course, for expenses above and beyond tuition. First-time applicants are given priority; however, all applications will be considered. Successful applicants must have demonstrated academic success and a commitment to the ENVS major or minor by having completed at least two of the intermediate breadth major requirements (Ecology, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, Environmental Policy). Submit application materials to Katie Green, Undergraduate Programs Coordinator: Math and Science Center, Suite E510, Room E520. Awardees must meet with Dept. Administrator Jerry Byrd for instructions regarding disbursement of funds.

To apply, students will submit the following:

1. Please provide an introduction addressing your interest in the field experience. Additionally, your application should address the following questions:

2. Please list the Intermediate Breadth courses that you have taken within the ENVS major.

3. Relate the expertise derived from courses previously taken to this field experience.

4. How do you envision this field experience integrating with your future academic endeavors?

A letter of support from one ENVS faculty member.

Note the following deadlines:

*ENVS 242: Modern and Ancient Tropical Environments Field Course - Deadline: OCTOBER 30.

*ENVS 372: Ecology of the Tropics Field Course - Deadline: NOVEMBER 7.

*SAF ENVS 446: Field Studies Southern Africa - Deadline: FEBRUARY 15. For further details about the Africa Field Course, please contact Emory College Study Abroad.

 

CONFERENCE TRAVEL GRANTS

Support for undergraduate and graduate students traveling to professional conferences in their field. Priority will be given to students presenting research findings. In the application review process, focus is on how well prepared the student is for the conference (based on the proposal, previous coursework, and the faculty letter of support) and also on how well the student is supported by his/her faculty mentor.

Students may receive up to $1,000 in reimbursement funds to cover travel costs. Application materials, accepted on a rolling basis (deadline: no later than a month prior to the conference), should be directed to Undergraduate Programs Coordinator, Katie Green, Math and Science Center, Room E520. Please consult your ENVS faculty research advisor for more information.

Note that airline tickets must be obtained directly through the Emory Travel Web Site per Emory Policy 2.95. The awardee will schedule an appointment with Dept. Administrator Jerry Byrd for purchasing the airline ticket and for additional information about a disbursement of funds.

Students must provide the following information in a proposal

Name and location of conference.

Type of presentation that will be made.

Why this experience is of value to the student's educational goals.

Detailed budget of estimated costs.

Information on other funding the student has received or is applying to receive, including any funding provided by the student's faculty advisor.

Letter of support from faculty mentor.

GRADUATE STUDENT RESEARCH

1. BS/MPH Research Award: Spring Deadline: March 1
Awarded to applicants in their 4th year of the BS/MPH program for their Master's degree research. Award amount up to $1,000. Please contact Graduate Academic Services Coordinator Leah Thomas to apply.

2. BS/MS Research Award: Deadline March 1
Awarded to applicants in their 4th year of the BS/MS program for their Master's degree research. Award amount up to $5,000. Please contact Leah Thomas to apply.