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With generous support from Dr. Kathryn D. Sullivan, the Division of Physical and Biological Sciences at UC Santa Cruz is pleased to accept applications for the Kathryn D. Sullivan Research Impact Award in Earth and Marine Sciences. This program supports research projects in earth and planetary sciences, microbiology and environmental toxicology, ecology and evolutionary biology, chemistry, or related disciplines. Research teams must comprise one undergraduate and one graduate student mentor, and the project must address important problems in the chosen discipline. The project must be well planned and integrated across the team members, and the proposal must include a clear explanation of what each member brings to the project.

Amount & use
Award amount: Three $7,500 team awards will be made this year.
How the funds may be used: Teams may use their award for any purpose associated with conducting or presenting the results of their research, such as a summer stipend to provide living expenses for the undergraduate, research and travel expenses, and up to 20% of the award may be used as a stipend for the graduate student mentor. Funds must be used by the end of the quarter of summer 2021.
Eligibility
UC Santa Cruz undergraduate and graduate students from any department are eligible to apply, with the exception of students who will graduate before the summer quarter 2021.
Deadlines

Application Opens: Monday, December 7, 2020
Deadline: Sunday, March 28, 2021
Applications and faculty endorsement must be completed by the deadline.
Awards Announced: Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Selection criteria
Selection criteria: The importance of the problem being addressed and the clarity of the proposal will be the primary criteria for selection. The qualifications of the team members (e.g., prior experience, relevant coursework), the mentoring plan provided by the supervisor and graduate student, and any additional support to amplify the impact of the research will also be considered.

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
Sciences.

Past recipients

2019–2020

Dr. Eric Palkovacs, Faculty Adviser
Katie Kobayashi (Graduate, Earth & Planetary Sciences)
Raymond Hunter (Undergraduate, Environmental Studies)

2018–2019

Dr. Margaret Zimmer, Faculty Adviser
Amanda Donaldson (Graduate, Earth & Planetary Sciences)
Christopher Causebrook (Undergraduate, Earth & Planetary Sciences)

2017–2018

Dr. Gary Griggs, Faculty Adviser
Dr. Patrick Limber, USGS Research Adviser

Schuyler Smith (Graduate, Earth & Planetary Sciences)
Kyle Bergerson (Undergraduate, 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 Peter Phan.

Application instructions & budget forms

Faculty Endorsement Form

SUPPORT EARTH & MARINE SCIENCE STUDENTS
Your gift supports an academic merit based award for an upper division student majoring in Earth and Marine Sciences. This award helps power student research projects and offset increasing educational and living costs. Make your impact today.