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2021-22 call for applications

The Gunderson Family Student Research in Coastal Sustainability Fund supports undergraduate students engaging in coastal sustainability research during summer at UC Santa Cruz.

Amount & use
Award amount: One award of $2,500
Eligibility & Requirements
Enrolled undergraduates from any department and in good academic standing are eligible to apply, with the exception of students who will graduate before the end of summer 2022. Students must have a UC Santa Cruz faculty sponsor

Special Requirements: All award recipients will be required to provide a handwritten or typed thank you note, and complete a questionnaire for stewardship purposes. Recipients may be asked to participate in other recognition-events. If for any reason you would not be able to participate in the recognition activities outlined above, we will work with you on an alternative.

Application Window Opens: Monday, December 6, 2021.
Deadline: End of the day, Friday, March 11, 2022
Both the student application and the faculty endorsement must be submitted by the deadline.
Awards announced: Monday, April 4, 2022

Selection criteria
Selection criteria: Proposals will be evaluated based on the quality and strength of the written research proposal, the feasibility of the project, the quality of the faculty recommendation, and the applicants’ overall grades.

Selection process: The Physical and Biological Sciences Undergraduate Award Committee, composed of faculty in the Sciences at UC Santa Cruz, will review the application materials, rank each proposal, and select the award recipient.

Past recipients


Alex Osleger (Ecology & Evolutionary Biology)


Sharon Mulready (Earth & Planetary Sciences)


Anthony Mazzini (Earth & Planetary Sciences)

How to apply

Completed applications including a faculty endorsement should be completed via the application form by the posted deadline. If you have questions, please contact Scott Stalnaker.

Application instructions & budget forms

Faculty Endorsement Form